In window server Active Directory, when you delete a user, where does his data get saved?

TechQ 236 Reputation points
2023-03-08T11:29:44.62+00:00

Assume I have 400 users, and their all computer is domain joined and some of them are Remote users with VPN, now lets say, they are working on a big group project, and User1@example.com worked on so many files in his computer, but unfortunately he had to leave the position and I had to delete his account, so what will happen to all the files that he saved under his name and the domain added computer? How will I received his data and all the files that he created in computer? Where does his recorded get saved? in case he come back, what should I do?

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  1. Dave Patrick 426.1K Reputation points MVP
    2023-03-08T14:15:13.41+00:00

    Deleting an active directory user account wouldn't impact the user files. They'll still exist wherever they were saved.

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  2. Thameur-BOURBITA 32,496 Reputation points
    2023-03-08T23:07:36.8533333+00:00

    Hi @TechQ

    You can use another account member of local administrator group of this machine where the user data saved. Using a local administrators account let you access on all user profiles under C:\users\ even the user account is deleted from active directory.

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  3. Dave Patrick 426.1K Reputation points MVP
    2023-03-08T23:16:04.5733333+00:00

    @Dave Patrick where does the user file get saved? How do I keep their file and where? How to check their files from the active directory?

    By default, probably in the user's local machine my documents folder, but files could potentially be anywhere the user has write access. Not really an active directory related issue.

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