Paul Gregory | 10 September 2012
Windows Server 2008 R2 introduced the Active Directory recycle bin as a way to fully undelete objects and replace the Active Directory tombstone reanimation feature.
However in Windows Server 2008 R2 it required the use of PowerShell commands to be able to first enable the recycle bin (Enable-ADOptionalFeature) and then to be able to recover objects (Restore-ADObject), or use tools like LDP.EXE. However, with Windows Server 2012, there is not a new UI for managing the Active Directory Recycle Bin. The UI components are housed with the updated Active Directory Administrative Center (ADAC). From within this one tool you can:
- Raise the AD Forest Functional level (Windows Server 2008 R2 is the minimum required)
- Enable the AD Recycle Bin
- Recover deleted objects