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Accessing Offline Files from Dead Server

By Susu ·
I had redirected a user's "My Documents" folder to "\\CFIDC1\Private\ruth\My Documents" and set the folder for offline use. CFIDC1 (which was the only domain controller) crashed and is no more and her computer is now part of a new domain. The icon appears in the system tray that says that her files are offline and I can view the list of files by going to "\\CFIDC1\Private\ruth\My Documents" (even though CFIDC1 doesn't exist), but I can't open them or copy them. I get the following message:
Error Copying File or Folder
Cannot copy <filename>: Access is denied. The source file may be in use.
Where <filename> is the name of the file I am trying to copy.
The offline filew cache is stored in "c:\winnt\csc" but they are stored in some sort of binary form and not in any readable format.
I can also use the "View Files" button in the offline files window to view all the icons for the files, but I can't open them that way either--same message as above.
Unfortunately these files were not included as part of the backup of CFIDC1, so this is my last hope to get them back.

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by coucha In reply to Accessing Offline Files f ...

Not sure if this will help you, but looks like the same problem you are having. See the following forum:

If you don't like clicking on links, go to and in the search type in Accessing offline files.

Microsoft has a tool called CDCcmd in the Windows 2003 Server Resource Kit. To download: or go to Microsoft's website and click on downloads and type in a search for resource kit and it is the first item on the list. This works with Windows XP SP1 as well.

Hope that helps!

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by Susu In reply to

Didn't help. The version of CDCcmd that comes with the RK doesn't retrieve orphaned files. For that version, you have to contact microsoft directly and they make that very hard.

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by Susu In reply to Accessing Offline Files f ...

From coucha's answer (which will get an acceptable rating once this is closed). I found that the tool I need is csccmd.exe. Unfortunately, I need version 1.1, which is not part of the download. That can only be obtained by contacting Microsoft directly--something they make it almost impossible to do.
If anyone knows where to get version 1.1 of this tool or if they have it and can send it to me, I would be incredibly greatful.

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