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Recovering files from a Windows 2003 server

We have a Windows 2003 Server and Windows 2000-based machines. All the data (files/documents) are centrally located in the server, and the users have only software in their machine and no data. Everyone has drive mappings to a particular drive in the server. If a user accidentally deletes a file from a client, is it possible to recover the file from the recycle bin of the server? Is there a specific solution, such as data recovery, shadow, backup, etc?
If all files are located on the file server, then a user cannot delete a file from the client. He can, of course, with appropriate permissions delete the file from the file server. If you configure the Volume Shadow Copy service of the Windows Server 2003 servers, (click here) you may be able to provide a file backup service that will enable a user to recover his accidentally deleted file. You must, however, configure the Volume Shadow Copy service for shared folders (click here for the technical reference) and you must update clients. (Windows XP and Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003 computers can be used.)

You should also remember that using this service does not mean normal backups are not required. Always implement and confirm that regular backups are created.

This was first published in June 2005

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