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    Re: Recoverd documents

    the files are saved under microsoft word under the user profile

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    Re: Recoverd documents

    Quote Originally Posted by WITCH
    the files are saved under microsoft word under the user profile
    ok, that's a start but I need an actual location from the %profile_root% ..

    eg: %profile_root%/application data/somefolder/docs/

    ... that'll help me avoid any unfortunate deletes we don't want.

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    Re: Recoverd documents

    \\rdc2020\users\User Profiles\KS2\Microsoft\Word

    I think!

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    Re: Recoverd documents

    Quote Originally Posted by WITCH
    \\rdc2020\users\User Profiles\KS2\Microsoft\Word

    I think!
    ... Be better to be sure..

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    Re: Recoverd documents

    Yeah I know - natural inability to state that I know something
    That is definitely the path

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    Re: Recoverd documents

    Quote Originally Posted by WITCH
    Yeah I know - natural inability to state that I know something
    That is definitely the path
    Ok... I'll see what I can do... it'll be a few days mind...

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    Re: Recoverd documents

    Thanks for trying for me

    I wish I could do it myself but I would not be confident that I wasnt going to break something!

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    Finally got around to looking at this properly (apologies Witch) but had some issues finding the thread in the first place because recovered was spelt incorrectly in the title

    Anyways... I've found where these files live and noticed a few things.#

    1. If you use roaming or mandatory profiles on the server they live in:
    \\PROFILE_SHARE\%username%\Application Data\Microsoft\Word

    2. There's two file extension types in this folder:
    - AutoRecovery save of DOC_TITLE.wbk
    - AutoRecovery save of DOC_TITLE.asd

    3. If you don't have admin access for the profiles you may not be able to remove anything... However I suspect if I run a script to delete these files as a login script it might work.


    What I'm not sure about though is whether the profile will load into the local machine and therefore need to be deleted from there so that it updates the roaming profile or not. Hmm... any suggestions welcome.

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    On the local machine, under Computer Management, have you tried adding "Domain Users" within the Administrators group? You can do this via MMC which is easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    On the local machine, under Computer Management, have you tried adding "Domain Users" within the Administrators group? You can do this via MMC which is easier.
    I'd rather not make my domain users into local administrators... That's a bit of a security risk to say the least!

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    There's no security risk. You're adding users as local workstation administrators. This permits domain users using applications, (who are not domain administrators), to write locally. Many applications require this to run properly.

    Using GPOs you hide/deny access to C:\ from Explorer, but applications, such as MS Word can write/cache information locally as they normally would in a standalone environment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    There's no security risk. You're adding users as local workstation administrators. This permits domain users using applications, (who are not domain administrators), to write locally. Many applications require this to run properly.

    Using GPOs you hide/deny access to C:\ from Explorer, but applications, such as MS Word can write/cache information locally as they normally would in a standalone environment.
    Ah, ok... but I think you may have gone off at a tangent from what I'm trying to achieve here, ie: delete/remove the auto-recovery documents that have not been deleted.

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    Thanks for keeping trying guys

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    @contink - I understand where you're coming from, however the reason for my suggestion is because you're using roaming profiles and this is written locally to a workstation when a user logs on (as I am sure you know).

    Whilst using various applications, these applications will write/cache information locally, such as Auto Recovered Files, unless you specify another location using GPOs. Adding "Domain Users" may fix your problem, as it allows applications to cache/write/delete information as it needs to. Hope this makes sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    @contink - I understand where you're coming from, however the reason for my suggestion is because you're using roaming profiles and this is written locally to a workstation when a user logs on (as I am sure you know).

    Whilst using various applications, these applications will write/cache information locally, such as Auto Recovered Files, unless you specify another location using GPOs. Adding "Domain Users" may fix your problem, as it allows applications to cache/write/delete information as it needs to. Hope this makes sense.
    Ah... ok... that makes a lot more sense... I wasn't 100% sure about whether the roaming profile would get written to the local machine or not (call it momentary paranoia :P) but that confirms things.

    There is however one small twist here and that's the problem where this all comes from in the first place.. Namely these autorecovery docs appear on accounts where they logon whole classes. Add this to individuals not logging off properly all the time and I can resolve the problem on the local profile but never clean the remote profile because someone never quite clears off.

    Thinking about it, it may be that I need to just run the script of the profile folders when everyone is pretty much off and if it crops up again I can search for the offending PC/individual.


    Just out of interest on the Local Admin things... would not adding them to the Local "Power Users" group have much the same effect?

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