Enabling Active Directory Recycle Bin in Windows Server 2012 R2 | Information Technology from Valdemar

This article is written for those who were searching for a detailed and simple for the understanding guide on how to enable Active Directory Recycle Bin in Windows Server 2012 R2.

The Active Directory Recycle Bin is designed to recover deleted Active Directory objects and can provide significant assistance to an administrator if he accidentally deletes a large number of user accounts.

We will consider the case when you already have two servers with the Windows Server 2012 R2 operating system installed on them. In addition, the Active Directory Domain Services role must be installed on one of the servers.

You can read more about how to install Windows Server 2012 R2 in my guide «Installing Windows Server 2012 R2». You can learn how to install Active Directory Domain Services on Windows Server 2012 R2 by reading «Installing Active Directory Domain Services on Windows Server 2012 R2».

By default, the Active Directory Recycle Bin is disabled.

To enable the Active Directory Recycle Bin, open “Server Manager”, click on “Tools” in the upper right corner of the screen and select “Active Directory Administrative Center”.

In the menu on the left, select the section with your domain, then in the menu on the right, click on the “Enable Recycle Bin” button.

Now you need to confirm the inclusion of the Active Directory Recycle Bin.

Please note that it will no longer be possible to disable the Active Directory Recycle Bin.

Click on the “OK” button.

The process of enabling Active Directory Recycle Bin has started.

Next, you need to update the information in “Server Manager” and wait a bit until all domain controllers in the Active Directory forest receive information about enabling the Active Directory Recycle Bin.

Click on the “OK” button.

In “Server Manager”, click on the arrow icon in the upper right corner of the screen and wait for the information to be updated in the section with your domain.

After updating the information in the “Server Manager”, a new container “Deleted Objects” will appear in the section with your domain.

Now delete the user account and try to restore it from the Active Directory Recycle Bin.

Go to the “Users” container and select the user account, then in the menu on the right, click on the “Delete” button.

Now you need to confirm the deletion of the user account.

Click on the “OK” button.

To restore a deleted user account, go to the “Deleted Objects” container and select the user account that you want to restore, then click on the “Restore” button in the menu on the right.

Please note that you can restore objects only during their lifetime, which by default is 180 days.

The user account was successfully restored and reappeared in the “Users” container.

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