In the Active Directory forest where Microsoft’s Active Directory Recycle Bin is enabled, you can use Recovery Manager for Active Directory to override the applicable deleted object lifetime setting and manually change the state of a deleted object from “deleted” to “recycled”. For more information about the “recycled” state, see Managing deleted or recycled objects.
To manually recycle deleted objects
To locate specific deleted objects, you can:
Table 10: Locating deleted objects
|Sort deleted objects||Click the heading of the right pane column by which you want to sort the objects. For example, you can click the heading of the Name column to sort the objects by their names.|
|Group deleted objects||Point to the heading of the right pane column by which you want to group the objects, then click the down arrow button, and click Group. To ungroup the objects, repeat these actions.|
|Filter deleted objects||Point to the heading of the right pane column by which you want to filter the objects, then click the down arrow button, and specify the filter criteria.|
|Limit the number of displayed deleted objects||Select the Deleted Objects node in the console tree, then, from the main menu, select Action | Set View Options, and specify how many recently deleted objects you want to view.|
|View deleted objects in a hierarchy||Select the Deleted Objects node in the console tree, then, from the main menu, select Acton | View as Hierarchy.|
|View deleted objects in a flat list||Select the Deleted Objects node in the console tree, then, from the main menu, select Action | View as Flat List.|
You can also recycle deleted objects by using cmdlets supplied with the Recovery Manager for Active Directory Management Shell.
With Recovery Manager for Active Directory you can only recover recycled objects by restoring them from a backup created with Recovery Manager for Active Directory. Therefore, make sure that you have at least one backup that includes the recycled objects you want to recover.
NOTE: Recycled objects can be restored only using the agent-based restore method. This means that the backup that is used to restore recycled objects is created from the target domain controller. For more details, see Agent-based method.
To recover recycled objects
Recovery Manager for Active Directory enables the backup and restoration of the following System State components on Active Directory domain controllers:
To restore backed up System State components
To ensure the selected backup contains all System State components needed for the restore, browse the System State branch on the Computer and Backup Selection page.
With the Repair Wizard, you can restore data from System State backups created by applications that store backups in Microsoft Tape Format (MTF), such as Windows Backup or Veritas Backup Exec. To use a backup, on the Computer and Backup Selection page, click Register, and then click Register Backup File. The wizard catalogs the backup and adds a new entry to the list of backups.
Snapshot backups are not supported by the Repair Wizard. However, you can restore Active Directory data from such backups using the Online Restore Wizard and Group Policy Restore Wizard. The Extract Wizard also supports snapshot backups.
When restoring the Cluster Quorum component on a cluster node, Recovery Manager for Active Directory leaves the quorum data in a folder on the node's disk, but does not restore it to the quorum disk at that time. Restoring the quorum disk requires that the cluster be stopped and restarted, which may not be necessary or desirable.
The process of restoring a single node of a cluster is straightforward: you must restore all the System State components, including Cluster Quorum, to the node, and then restart the node. This causes the node to rejoin the cluster and restores it to operation.
To restore the quorum disk, following the node restore, use the Cluster Quorum Restore tool (Clusrest.exe) provided by Microsoft.
To restore a cluster node using Recovery Manager for Active Directory
When restoring a cluster node, you must use a backup taken from that particular node. Therefore, it is important that you select a backup of the node you are restoring. We recommend creating backups of cluster physical nodes (computers) rather than a cluster itself (cluster virtual node). Otherwise, it will be difficult to identify the physical node from which the backup was taken.
To restore the quorum disk with the Clusrest tool
This causes the quorum disk to be restored to the state of the backup.
If the quorum data to be restored to the quorum disk is not found, the Clusrest tool reports FILE NOT FOUND.
The restore of a cluster node must be performed prior to running the Clusrest tool. During the restore of a node, the quorum data is placed on the node's disk in the %windir%\cluster\cluster_backup folder.
If the restored system is not part of a cluster or the quorum disk is not available, not formatted, or broken, the Clusrest tool reports ERROR_SERVICE_DOES_NOT_EXIST.