can a server be restored to an earlier date?

January 15, 2011 at 01:17:58
Specs: Windows Vista
Can a server for an organisation be restored to an earlier date going back about one year in order to show whether files that no longer exist now existed then? If this is possible would this conclusively prove that if these files do not show on the earlier server restore that they could not have existed then? Or are there some questions of server restoration reliability?

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#1
January 15, 2011 at 04:38:31
You could restore a server to a prior date only if you had full backups for the date in question. No Microsoft server OS includes the means of doing this without such backups.

The answer to your question depends entirely on the nature of the backup facility used.


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#2
January 15, 2011 at 05:00:29
would organisations only keep deleted information for a limited time on back up? Would an organisation keep a back up in order to restore for a certain period of time?

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#3
January 15, 2011 at 05:26:57
You would need to ask the organization in question.

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#4
January 15, 2011 at 09:59:04
What kind of server and what kind of restore are we talking about. Windows 2003 and above can keep versions of files.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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#5
January 15, 2011 at 10:14:08
citrix server - not sure what backup device they use and how long they keep back ups for. The deleted items in question are word documents created between September 2009 and May 2010! Someone deleted the original documents but saved as to make it look as if the documents were created at a later date! There are about 10 documents in question. If retoration of server is possible for this time line if they cannot be found are there other reasons for this other than they never existed at an earlier date? It is word 2003 that they use if that helps. Does that mean that it uses windows 2003?

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#6
January 15, 2011 at 10:18:22
This sounds like a legal battle. If so it may be a good idea to get a licensed IT company involved. The court will lend more to the findings of licensed personel.

Likely


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#7
January 15, 2011 at 11:18:17
It's not legal battle at this stage - more employment/disciplinary issue at this stage!

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#8
January 15, 2011 at 12:43:17
You would need to have a trained person look at it as soon as possible. Too many variables to know. An expert would know either how to recover the data or attempt to recover the deleted files. The longer you wait the more likely the data is gone usually. Never know about backups. A good company may keep them until the tape is used up and that could take days to years.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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#9
January 15, 2011 at 13:35:40
the difficulty is that i dont have permission to access the backup server information and I dont trust IT to do the job properly - I know that someone is trying to stich me up good and proper and I am just trying to find a defence to what they may come back and say! I created documents between Sept 09 and May 10 - these were deleted and replaced with copies created in sept 10 - I dont know if local authority will still have backup data available for this time frame or not but if they do then I dont really trust what they come back with! It is possible that someone has moved files to pen drive each day in order that they do not show up on back up and therefore would not show on any restore that is done!

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