File deletion on the network

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I would like to set something up on our network in which if someone deletes a file or documents then the file or document is sent to a hidden folder on the network not just deleted. I would even like it to be put into the recycle bin but as it is people have deleted stuf off of my sever and it is gone. Can someone please help with this?

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You didn’t mention what operating system this is for but assuming it is MS Windows, you should look into Microsoft Volume Shadow Copies and how they work in the Windows server & client environment. Check out this search for more information.

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  • Technochic
    Shadow copy will definitely help, or else you will be faced with doing endless restores. Bleccch
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  • Technochic
    I do hope you are at least doing nightly backups!
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  • Kevin Beaver
    Once something is deleted off a network drive it's pretty much gone unless you have a backup. It sounds like you need something sitting on the client or server that can monitor this stuff in real time. Likely a data leak prevention product that's proactive. Or, Fake Delete may do the trick. On the more reactive side (in case you want to see who did what), check out the following: watchDirectory MonitorWare PA File Sight Also, make sure you're giving your users the proper network file permissions...that can be the best way to prevent this occurring.
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  • petkoa
    Hi, as Labnuke99 wrote, you didn't provide any information about your OS'es... And, as Kevin said, "Once something is deleted off a network drive it’s pretty much gone". If, however, your file server is samba on Linux, you have an option to have a recycle bin on a network drive through samba vfs object. Configuration details could be looked up in: man vfs_recycle BR, Petko A.
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