Restoring Deleted AD DS Objects Using the Active Directory Recycle Bin

One of the most significant additions to Windows Server 2008 R2’s implementation of AD DS is the Active Directory Recycle Bin. A Windows Server 2008 R2 Active Directory forest and domain now allows for the recovery of deleted OUs, users, groups, or other AD objects. There are a few prerequisites that must be satisfied, however, before the AD Recycle Bin can be enabled:

. The AD DS forest and domain must be in Windows Server 2008 R2 functional level.

. When restoring objects, the OU in which they previously existed must first be restored. If the object resided in a nested OU structure, the top-level OU must first be restored, followed by the next-highest child OU, and so on.

. Membership in the Enterprise Administrators group is required to enable the AD Recycle Bin.

. The process of enabling the AD Recycle Bin is nonreversible.

Enabling the AD Recycle Bin
To enable the Active Directory Recycle Bin, perform the following steps:

1. Click Start, All Programs, Administrative Tools. Right-click on Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell and then click Run As Administrator.

2. From the PowerShell prompt, type the following command.

Enable-ADOptionalFeature –Identity ‘CN=Recycle Bin Feature,CN=Optional
Features,CN=Directory Service,CN=Windows
NT,CN=Services,CN=Configuration,DC=companyabc,DC=com’ –Scope
ForestOrConfigurationSet –Target ‘’

Replace and DC=companyabc,DC=com with the appropriate name of the domain where the AD Recycle Bin will be enabled.

3. When prompted, type Y to confirm and press Enter.

4. To validate that the Recycle Bin is enabled, go to the CN=Partitions container, using an editor such as ADSIEdit. In the details pane, find the msDS-EnabledFeature attribute, and confirm that the value includes the Recycle Bin target domain name that you typed in step 2.

Source of Information : Sams - Windows Server 2008 R2 Unleashed

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