Active Directory Object Restores

Ever find yourself in the situation where you need to restore an accidentally deleted user account but your backup software only allows for entire system state restores?  I did today and I found out about a really nice freebie tool to retrieve tomb stoned AD objects.  It’s called “Object Restore for Active Directory” by Quest Software:

For future instances since our active directory is running at the Windows Server 2008 R2 functional level, I plan on activating the recycle bin feature of AD.  Directions are as follows:

  1. Click Start, click Administrative Tools, right-click Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell, and then click Run as administrator.
  2. Enable-ADOptionalFeature –Identity ‘CN=Recycle Bin Feature,CN=Optional Features,CN=Directory Service,CN=Windows NT,CN=Services,CN=Configuration,DC=mydomain,DC=internal’ –Scope ForestOrConfigurationSet –Target ‘mydomain.internal’


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