Network Recycle Bin


  • I've heard during the releasing period of Windows 2008 and Windows Vista that these products together will support network recycle bin. Meaning, If i delete a file from the shared folder on the server, administrator can recover the deleted files.

    Is this true? is it enabled by default in a domain configuration? I've been searching the web and the forum and I don't seem to find any article on this feature.

    Thank you


    Wednesday, July 21, 2010 1:56 PM

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  • Yes the technology is in there,
    Don't know the answer to your other questions about it though...
    Wednesday, July 21, 2010 2:36 PM
  • Thank you jeff,

    says "If you delete a file from a location not on your computer (such as a network folder), the file might be permanently deleted rather than stored in the Recycle Bin. "

    I'll check this out tomorrow on Windows 2008 R2 and Windows 7. I also need to check if I can add network folders using group policy.

    I don't see the network tab in a workgroup Windows 7 PC. May be, it's enabled after the system is domain joined.




    Wednesday, July 21, 2010 4:22 PM
  • Whoops... almost forgot the most obvious solution/workaround... use VSS (Volume Shadow Copy) on your server.
    Same result as a network recycle bin?

    Wednesday, July 21, 2010 8:13 PM
  • Hi Jeff,

    VSC does have its benefits. But a network recycle bin is a must and offer more guarantee than VSC. For example, file was created and deleted before the VSC was done. In our setup, it's not feasible to setup shorter VSC intervals.




    Update: Tested on Window 7 Enterprise & Windows 2008 R2 domain. no network tab on recycle bin properties.
    Thursday, July 22, 2010 3:29 AM
  • Hi easy1ndian,

    Thanks for the post.

    I guess maybe you are talking about Active Directory® Recycle Bin feature in the Windows Server® 2008 R2, which helps minimize directory service downtime by enhancing your ability to preserve and restore accidentally deleted Active Directory objects without restoring Active Directory data from backups, restarting Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), or rebooting domain controllers.

    For more information about Active Directory® Recycle Bin, please take a look at the following article:

    If there is anything unclear on this issue, please feel free to let me know.



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    Thursday, July 22, 2010 9:34 AM
  • @Miles: easy1ndian wrote:"Meaning, If i delete a file from the shared folder on the server, administrator can recover the deleted files."

    Don't think he meant the Tombstone technology (AD recycle bin)... but I could be wrong :-$
    Thursday, July 22, 2010 11:32 AM
  • Hello Miles,


    Jeff is right. I was asking about the recovering files from the server recycle bin if they were deleted from the client. This was one of the boasted features of Vista/2008. I guess MS silently dropped it.


    Tested on Window 7 Enterprise & Windows 2008 R2 domain. no network tab on recycle bin properties.


    I would appreciate if you can find out about this from MS product managers or support team.




    Thursday, July 22, 2010 1:29 PM
  • any update from MS?
    Wednesday, July 28, 2010 10:56 AM
  • There is the utility Network Recycle Bin Tool. Before deleting netwrok files it copies them to the own "recycle bin" folder. You can recovery deleted network files any time. Also you can protect network folders from deleting files and make them like "read only".



    Sunday, September 09, 2012 7:08 AM
  • Hi 1ndian,

    I don't think what you are asking is a built in feature of Windows Server 2008/2008 R2.

    There is 2 solutions to your problem:

    1. Network Recycle Bin Tool,

    2. Undelete,

    Hope this helps.

    Jabez Gan [MVP] - Contributing Author for: (Sybex) MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure Configuration Study Guide: Exam 70-643

    Monday, September 10, 2012 4:39 AM