User home folders being emptied randomly
I've inherited a real mess of a network and, amongst all the other things going wrong in new employment and ripping out all the Comms Cab patching and doing it again, I've come across a real head scratcher.
I'm running a mainly 2003 Server environment with one 2008 box as a member server. I have three 2003 DCs, two of which are cluster nodes (don't ask my why because I do not know). The cluster has iSCSI ports to a SAN where all user data, profiles, home folders etc are stored.
My problem is that, randomly, a user will log on and access their home folder (which is mapped to the S:\ drive in AD) and all their files and folders will be gone. When I look on the SAN via the Cluster, the home folder looks like it is a new User folder which automatically gets 4 folders created when they first log on. I will restore the files using Previous Versions and then a random amount of time later it will happen again. If the user keeps themselves logged on overnight, they do not lose their files. If they log off then, every now and then all the files will be gone.
I cannot link this down to a single OU problem or a specific group of workstations. There are no patterns it is just completely random. Many may shout at me about having DCs as Cluster nodes is a BAD IDEA but I know at least four other Network Managers who have a similar environment but whose users do not lose data.
If anyone can shed any light on this or help me out in any way I will be really grateful because I am one step away from ripping the Cluster to pieces and starting again and if I can, I really want to avoid doing that if at all possible!