Active Directory 2012

Active Directory – Enable Recycle Bin

Windows Server 2008R2 introduced a new feature in domain: Active Directory Recycle Bin. A great feature, but it was the first version, so we had to use Powershell to enable the feature, and to restore deleted item.

With Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft released a GUI for the Recycle Bin. It is integrated in the Active Directory Administrative Center. With ADAC, you can enable and restore deleted item easily. Of course, you can still do it with Powershell cmdlet.

Enable Recycle Bin

The first thing to do, is to enable it. An item deleted before the activation of Recycle bin could not be restore.

  • Go to Active Directory Administrative Center:
Active Directory Administrative Center

Active Directory Administrative Center

  • Select your domain on the left:
Active Directory Administrative Center

Active Directory Domain

  • On the right side, Enable the Recycle Bin :
Active Directory Enable Recycle Bin

Active Directory Enable

  • Confirm dialog box 2 times:
Active Directory Enable Recycle Bin

Active Directory

Active Directory Enable Recycle Bin

Active Directory

Et voila ! The recycle Bin in your Active Directory domain is now enabled

Restore item

Restoring a deleted item is now easier than before. It can also be done with the ADAC.

  • In ADAC, go to your domain and select the Deleted Item container:
Active Directory Deleted Item

Active Directory Deleted Item

  • Select the item, that you want to restore and choose Restore or Restore To:
Active Directory Restore Item

Active Directory Restore Item

 

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You could get more information about Active Directory Recycle Bin here

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