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I have a Windows 2003 server that has file shares. If a windows XP client deletes a file on that share. Does it go to any sort of 'recycle bin' on the server or client?

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No, not by design. Files deleted from a network share are just gone without using something like Shadow Copy. See this question for some more ideas on how to provide this type of functionality.

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By default, no. There are addons that promise to do that. Or you could add shadow copies to the server volume so you can roll back.

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You are listing 'recovery' as a tag, so I guess this question is for recovery of data that has been deleted by accident. It is not practical in most cases to provide a 'recycle-bin'-functionality.

Instead I suggest you look into shadow copies for the server volume to provide a convenient method to access data that has been modified or deleted.

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It got deleted on the server, but it got not stored in the recycle bin of the server. You need to take a tool undelete plus or something like this.

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Here's an article on Volume Shadow Copy, or "Previous Versions", as it is labelled in the Explorer UI. Should be enough to get you started.

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You can activate the recycle bin on a network share if GPOs are used to redirect "My Documents" to the share, anything deleted from "My Documents" will end up in the recycle bin.

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