Windows Server 2008 R2 reached RTM. Among the many cool new features provided with that release, Microsoft has now added a recycle bin feature to Active Directory. The management interface provided by Microsoft for this feature is the command line, or more specifically, PowerShell. That’s great if you’re like me and you love to manage your infrastructure using PowerShell, but what if you prefer a GUI? Fortunately there is a solution for you too.
PowerGUI 188.8.131.520 or later
PowerShell 2.0 or later
Microsoft Active Directory module 1.0 or later
A forest running in Windows Server 2008 R2 Native mode (the PowerPack will prompt you to change the mode if it is not the required mode)
The Active Directory recycle bin feature must be enabled (the PowerPack will prompt you to do this if it is not enabled)
• View the contents of the recycle bin, including hierarchies
• Restore individual items in the recycle bin (recursively or not) to their original location
• Restore individual items in the recycle bin (recursively or not) to a specified location
• Permanently delete objects in the recycle bin (recursively or not)
• Empty the contents of the recycle bin
• Modify the number of days that the recycle bin is configured to retain objects and the number of days that objects are to be kept in a tombstone state before permanent deletion
Download AD Recycle Bin PowerPack from here
How to install
1. Download the ActiveDirectoryRecycleBin.powerpack file that is attached to this article.
2. Open the PowerGUI admin console.
3. Select File | PowerPack Management to open the PowerPack Management dialog.
4. Click on the Import button to import the PowerPack.
5. Using the dialog that just opened, browse to the location where you downloaded the ActiveDirectoryRecycleBin.powerpack file and select that file. Click on the Open button to import the Active Directory Recycle Bin PowerPack into PowerGUI.
6. At this point the PowerPack is imported and you will have an “Active Directory Recycle Bin” node in the Admin Console. Continue reading the Getting Started section if you want to know how to get started using this PowerPack.
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