Restore Deleted AD Users

Restoring deleted AD users

PowerShell vs. Ntdsutil vs. RecoveryManager Plus

Users objects are the basic building blocks of Active Directory (AD). When user objects are deleted from AD, the deleted users find themselves unable to log in to their systems and are powerless to carry on with their work. Although user deletions are intentional most of the time, accidents can happen. The ability to quickly restore deleted user accounts should be a high priority in your organization. 

Microsoft provides two ways to back up and restore users in your AD environment, namely PowerShell and Ntdsutil. While both methods can back up and restore user objects, they have a few limitations. 

Luckily, you can overcome those limitations using RecoveryManager Plus. Check out this chart to see how the native tools line up against RecoveryManager Plus.

Features PowerShell Ntdsutil RecoveryManager Plus
Recycle deleted user object
(Restore a deleted user object from the recycle bin.)
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(Must  use the Restore-ADObject cmdlet.)
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(Must  boot DC in DSRM mode.)
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User password recovery
(Recover the last set password of the user upon restoration.)
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User interface 
(Eliminating the need for scripting.)
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Backup scheduler
(To automate the backup process.)
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Backup version management
(Back up each change made to users as separate versions.)
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Attribute-level restoration
(Restore individual attributes of user objects to any of their previous versions.)
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Restart-free restoration
(Restore user objects or any changes made to them without having to restart your DCs.)
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As you can see in the chart above, while PowerShell and Ntdsutil allow administrators to  restore deleted AD user objects, they are not very user-friendly and also don't provide any additional features to help manage the multiple changes that each object undergoes. RecoveryManager Plus, on the other hand, provides an efficient alternative for keeping your AD secure at all times. With options for scheduling backups, retaining multiple versions of the same user objects, and granular restoration capabilities, RecoveryManager Plus offers the best solution for handling user backups and restorations.

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