Enabling Active Directory Recycling Bin – Windows Server 2012

Ever have to do an authoritative restore? Tombstone Reanimation? Feeling chills down your spine?  Me too… Server 2012 says no to this! And I agree wholeheartedly. So how do we do it? Pre-requisites:

  •  The domain functional level of the forest needs to be at least Windows Server 2008 R2

How to set it up:


  • Type the following command: Enable-ADOptionalFeature “Recycle Bin Feature’ -scope ForestOrConfigurationSet -target –domainname -server domaincontroller


  • Open Active Directory Administrative Center from the Tools menu in Server Manager
  • Right click your domain in the navigation tree and select “Enable Recycle Bin”



  • Enabling the AD recycling bin is irreversible so once you do it you can’t undo it.
  • To confirm the recycling bin has been enabled, a Deleted Objects container will appear at the root of the Domain Controller.

Easy as pie 🙂

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