PowerShell as an Active Directory group restoration tool
This article explains the steps involved in restoring a deleted AD group using PowerShell versus using RecoveryManager Plus, our AD backup and recovery tool. This article also explains how the GUI-based RecoveryManager Plus makes it easy for any administrator to restore any deleted group in a few simple clicks without having to write even a single line of PowerShell script.
Steps to restore deleted groups using PowerShell:
- Note: You have to enable the AD Recycle Bin before you can restore deleted objects using PowerShell. Once enabled, the Recycle Bin cannot be disabled.
- Step 1: Identify the distinguished name of the group to be restored by executing the following PowerShell script:
- Step 2: Execute the following script to restore the deleted user object:
- Restore-ADObject -Identity $dn
Steps to restore deleted user objects using RecoveryManager Plus:
- Step 1: Navigate to Active Directory > Recycle Bin.
- Step 2: Select the group you wish to restore and click Restore.
That’s all it takes. There's no PowerShell scripting. Enjoy easy, GUI-based, point-and-click restoration for groups, with advanced options such as advanced search and automatic membership restoration.
Limitations of using PowerShell to restore deleted AD groups
- The built-in AD Recycle Bin has to be enabled for AD group restoration via PowerShell to be possible.
- It is not possible to preview the properties of a group before restoring it.
- Multiple groups cannot be restored simultaneously.
- If the deleted group was present in an OU that has also been deleted, the OU has to be restored first before the group can be restored.
Overcome the limitations of PowerShell by using
RecoveryManager Plus to restore deleted objects.
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