Friday, October 25, 2013

Active Directory Recycle Bin

Active Directory Recycle Bin is not new to the Windows Administrators who work with Windows Server 2008 R2 Environment. When a AD object is accidentally deleted by an unexpected event it can be recovered from the AD Recycle Bin with the same state as it was before deletion with all the attributes preserved.

Windows Server 2012 now adds one more add-on to this feature by providing the GUI with which we an easily search and recover the appropriate objects we need at ease. Though this feature is excellent to enable this  there are other caveats to look out for like Forest functional level needs to be set to Windows Server 2008 R2 or higher, Once you enable this feature we cannot disable it again and to restore objects we need full permissions on the AD and this task cannot be delegated and some more.

You can read this TechNet Article Introduction to Active Directory Administrative Center Enhancements to know more

Also this feature is good but it will not help us in major ways where we can only restore the deleted objects and cannot roll back the unwanted changes made to the objects at a mass during a AD disaster and in here the Recovery Manager for Active Directory from Dell systems plays a role. I recently came across a FAQ whitepaper from IT World where I got most of the above said information explained clearly along with other feature comparison between Windows Server products and Recovery Manager for AD and decided to share this information via this post.

Read the whitepaper here : Windows Server 2012 Recycle Bin and Recovery Manager for Active Directory

To know more on how to utilize AD recycle bin review this below TechNet blog post

The AD Recycle Bin: Understanding, Implementing, Best Practices, and Troubleshooting

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