Redirected Profiles after Server Crash

I have implemented redirected profiles in a Windows 2008 R2 environment and the server hosting the files has crashed and there is no recent backup available for recovery.  All of the user data is still available in the form of offline file data.  Is there a way to reclaim the offline data?  If I point folder redirection to a new network location will the offline files be copied to the new location?
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
it will want to copy from the old to the new location. What I would consider is use the older backup in a virtual machine first.
You can extract Offline files from offline database hopefully

Try commands and workaround in below article
Have the users copy their offline data.  Altering the redirect may clear the offline cache.

When you say crashed, the server will not boot, the RAID became corrupt where forcing the last drive back online does not resolve the issue.
Booting by other means to access the data is not available?

The offline cache is local to each system and is accessible using the sync center.  If your redirection use \\servername\ it would be difficult to automate the sync back.

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pughcompanyAuthor Commented:
My backup is quite a bit older than the data that was on the server when it crashed.  I do have a DR  replica of the server with this older data on it.   If I bring this server with the older data back online, how will the data in the end user's profile be affected?  Will new data be copied to the server share or will it be deleted altogether?
depends on the configuration and what/when/how you bring it back.
Items that have been modified while offline will copied up onto the new server. Files that were modified and were not accessed recently will likely be lost as there might not be a cached version in the offline files location such that the only available version will be from the last backup.

Have you been able to identify what crashed in an effort to bring back the system, raid controller failed, memory failure, two drives failed, etc. i.e. a replacement component is needed to bring the system back to life (short enough to get the data off)

When possible redundant systems and good backup plans, fulls every so often with incremental/differentials in between. incremental restore require sequential restore of all incremental since the last full backup restore till the crash, differential will consume more storage but you would only need the one full backup and the most recent differential.
pughcompanyAuthor Commented:
What about newly deleted file since the server crash?  What will happen to them?
If they are on the backup, they will reappear.
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