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Network Recycle Bin for Windows File Servers

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E CFlag for United States of America asked on
Active DirectoryWindows 10AzureWindows Server 2016Windows Server 2019
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I have a few mapped drives set up for users on our network. The mapped drives point to shares on Windows file servers. As you know, if you delete a file from a network file share, it's permanent. Windows Server 2019 is Microsoft's 10th (?) (if I am counting correctly) major release and so I can't help but wonder - WHY has Microsoft never added a network recycle bin? I think the concept would be very simple - Any user who has access to the shared folder and has permission to delete files can delete a file. They confirm. The file disappears. But instead of instantly nuking the file, move it to the Recycle Bin on the server.

I have a linux file server that has this exact functionality and it works great.
Macs have this feature via time machine (and a Mac can be set up as a file server)

Maybe a typical user does not have the permission to remote into the server and browse through its recycle bin, but they can ask an admin to do it. (Or fine - maybe there can be a feature that allows the person who deleted the file to somehow retrieve it from the network recycle bin).  The point is, the file is not permanently deleted.

I realize that over time the recycle bin could potentially fill up the drive. So maybe there is a simple setting like 'auto delete files after xx days'.

I found some other older posts here on EE that mention third-party software and so I suppose I'll be looking into them. But I thought I'd post this to see if anyone currently has a solution for this. I take regular backups throughout the day. But even if I take backups every hour, this leaves too much time where a user can potentially lose an hour's worth of work. Not only that - a lot of people have access to file servers. Files or entire folders may be accidentally deleted and so having some sort of catch-all bin would be a nice feature.
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