Windows Server 2008 R2 Thread, EXTREMELY URGENT HELP NEEDED! in Technical; It seem somehow users documents are deleting themselves I belive...
I moved the home folders to a temp server while ...
17th May 2010, 01:26 PM #1
EXTREMELY URGENT HELP NEEDED!
It seem somehow users documents are deleting themselves I belive...
I moved the home folders to a temp server while i reloaded our server to server 2008r2
Now I moved them back to the server (including deleteding the folder on the temp server, so dont have backups - woops)
I think its deleting user documents because I went to example the year 9 folder and there a few few empty folders
Can anyone thing what is happing here?
17th May 2010, 01:34 PM #2
Do you not have tape backup or backup to NAS etc?
17th May 2010, 01:38 PM #3
First thing - can you retrieve the deleted folder on the temp server so at least you have all the files. There are lots of tools for this - most mentioned on Edugeek
Is this a similar problem? Some fixes are suggested:
Windows 7 is deleting users home directories
*doesnt look like the fix is obvious - so the most important thing, IMHO, is to try and retrieve the docs on the temp server so at least nothing more gets deleted
Last edited by witch; 17th May 2010 at 01:40 PM.
17th May 2010, 01:50 PM #4
Ditto the above, especially about having a backup.
just thinking, if you didnt move folders in the correct way, permissions may have gone awry, and if everybody suddenly got full control over everything, anyone could just decided to 'tidy' the folder structure up!!
17th May 2010, 02:08 PM #5
Volume copy any help to you on your temp server?
17th May 2010, 02:46 PM #6
We do have tapes, but havent been used for months due to our backup server goings worng, so if we did restore anything there be lots of work missing still
Originally Posted by danrhodes
do you mean file version feature?, just enabled that incase more gets deleted
17th May 2010, 02:48 PM #7
17th May 2010, 02:58 PM #8
nope aint got that
17th May 2010, 03:12 PM #9
So..look for free recovery software - Recuva is the best one I have found
17th May 2010, 03:15 PM #10
As witch has identified in a previous post, I would be tempted to stop anyone writing to the server where you have deleted the users data and then use a recovery tool to get that work recovered on that server.
Then I would restore from backup tapes the user data onto the new server and then finally copy across the recovered data from the other server and any data then would be up to date with hopefully the appropriate permissions.
Then I would concentrate on getting the backups working correctly before pushing ahead with any more upgrades to the O/S.
17th May 2010, 03:32 PM #11
yer thats was I decided to do is use recura, last bit is to use the tape drive, need to swap scsi card from another server to connect the tape drive, has the one on the backup server has gone wrong (aint used in this other server)
17th May 2010, 04:05 PM #12
Curious, do you have DFS setup on the server? Also, is the server the same name as it was before you reconfigured it?
I had an issue with a 2003R2 Server where I had introduced a new server to the domain to take on some of the workload, but the machines were all talking to the old server still and as such, work was being lost on a regular basis (ie whole folders being deleted).
I had DFS running at one point to try and solve the issue, but this made it worse (I had planned that if something was saved to the old server, DFS would make sure it was available on the new server, turned out that it wasn't working like that).
Just a couple of things to check though. DFS set up (if you have it running) and make sure it's setup right. Whether the machines are correctly seeing the new server name and, if you use them, that you've changed any references in any scripts you have.
17th May 2010, 11:17 PM #13
Good old Volume Shadow copy does the trick, saved my life many times.
I've set my shadow copy to run @ 8AM > 12PM > 3PM > 5PM
17th May 2010, 11:41 PM #14
yer its on a DFS setup, im sure its on the right share and security settings
Does it matter if the folder is the in the dfs root folder? cause its not, it was working fine when I moved it to the temp location on a different server, while I upgraded the server. That was in the dfs root folder, now its now, back on the normal server that hosts the files.
Redirection is correctlly set on the users, hense users get there work (those ones that still have there work)
18th May 2010, 11:55 AM #15
In this situation you should have removed the Tape Drive from the broken backup server and installed it into another as taking backups is very important incase these situations arise. If that wasnt an option then I would have bought a small NAS Box, put it in a different building and ran NTBackup just to do a simple copy over night, I really am paranoid about backups, you can never be too safe, I can't get that through to you enough!
Originally Posted by p-dave
Also when you do get back on your feet get Volume Shadow Copy running it really is a life saver, saved mine a few times!
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