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    From SBS2003 to Win7

    I look after our small office network of 11 computers. For many years we used MS Small Business Server 2003. Th workstation OS in the beginning was Vista; about 18 months ago, all the computers were changed to Windows 7. In the past month we have dropped SBS 2003 and went to WIN7 and homegroups as the networking environment. All the files on the old server were backed up. None of the individual desktops were backed up (we didn't expect anything to change on the local workstations. However, when the workstations were moved from a domain to a homegroup, all of the local files in the local documents library were lost, including a MS Onenote folder that had all the research for a book on foster care. These files are evidently not in the trash. Can anyone tell me where these files might have gone and why the domain to homegroup change would have had this impact?

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    I have to think from that explanation that the files are actually on, or were on the admin SBS. Libraries can point to any source available and when domain rights were stepped down to homegroup, those library locations that included domain rights went away. You've checked the server up down and kittywampus for those files?

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    Yes, seemingly no where to be found. And most users did not have administrative rights, but were a part of the everyone group. I had thought that local files would have been untouched by the step down to homegroup, because they were not previously shared but kept locally and individually.

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    What you say may be true but then I have no way of accounting for the files vanishing from all the workstations, unless something else common occurred to all the workstations as well, in which case they might be completely gone without any backups.

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    The missing files are almost certainly in the domain user account (as opposed to the local user account) on the local hard drive.

    A new local user account was setup when you dropped the PC's off the domain. You may have noticed the PC telling you that it was "setting up desktop" or "setting Internet Explorer...etc" on first log in. If you explore the drive you will probably see accounts for something like JohnSmith.xyz and JohnSmith (where xyz is the old domain name).

    However, depending on previous permissions while on the domain you may not be able to browse to the old JohnSmith domain account folder.

    If you do encounter a permissions issue, you could try using a Linux live CD to rescue the data from that folder.
    In God we trust; all others must bring data.

    - William Edwards Deming. 1900 - 1993

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    It could be that the SBS was setup to move the docs folder to the domain. That is a common thing. If you Rclick on the documents folder on one of the desktops and look at properties, it should give you the path to the folder location. Knowing the path, you may be able to find the docs. Normally, if docs are redirected, it is to a server share called users, and that share in turn points to a real folder called 'users shared folders'. That folder could be on any drive, but by default it is on the C drive.

    Normally, the properties of the documents folder will point to the local c:\users\(username)\.....
    I suspect your folders are in that server share. The redirection of the docs folder is done thru a GPO at the server. The folder should be redirected back to the local PC before removing the SBS. If you have already removed the SBS and \ or dropped the machines out of the domain, then you will need to manually fix things.

    There are a lot of complexities involved with an SBS setup and if you do not understand what is going on, best to have a pro do things for you. For example, you really should remove all the systems from the domain and then ensure that the local stations are still logging on with the same profile or else move things as needed into the new profile.

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