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This process can come in handy if you use offline folders. The problem I ran into was that the previous host was removed without all the clients being able to sync. Thus, I was left with orphaned Offline Files that were pointing to the old host. The best way to retrieve these files is to take the following steps.
*Offline files must have been in use for this to work.
1. Open up¬ My Computer, right-click on the C drive and select¬ Properties.
2. Select the¬ Previous Versions¬†tab and then select the date you want to restore from and click on¬ Open.
3. In the Windows Explorer window double-click the¬ Windows¬†folder and then double-click the¬ CSC.
4. You will get the following¬ Network Error.¬†Use this information to complete the next step.
5. Leave the error message on your screen and open a¬ CMD¬†prompt window as an administrator.
6. Use the¬ ROBOCOPY¬†command with the following switches to copy the data from the¬ CSC¬†folder into the temp1 folder. ¬†Example: ROBOCOPY \\LOCALHOST\C$\@GMT-2015.12.15-16.43.54\Windows\CSC /copyall /e /zb /copyall C:\temp1
7. Once the copy has finished you need to take ownership of the contents of the¬ temp1.¬†Right-click the¬ temp1¬†folder and select¬ Properties¬†and then select the¬ Security¬†tab.
8. Click¬ Advanced¬†and then¬ Change Permissions.
9. Select the¬ Owner¬†tab and then select the user from the list that you want to be given access.
10. Ensure you check the box that says ‚ÄúReplace all child‚Ä¶‚ÄĚ and click¬ Apply.
11. Once you‚Äôve taken ownership of the¬ temp1¬†folder drill down into it to retrieve your missing files. You‚Äôll see the name of the old host server and in this folder you‚Äôll find the¬ My Documents¬†folder which will contain the missing offline files.
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