How To Enable Active Directory Recycle Bin

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In this blog post, I’ll show you How To Enable Active Directory Recycle Bin In Windows Server 2016 Directory Infrastructure.

Active Directory Recycle Bin was released back in 2012 with the releases of Windows Server 2012. And with the release of Server 2016 the technology Is more mature and easy to use.

Administrators can restore deleted Items with a few easy clicks with Active Directory Recycle Bin. However, for the feature to work the recycle bin need to be enabled first and once enabled you can’t disable it.

If you’ve deleted a user before enabling the AD Recycle Bin, you won’t be able to restore it.

Deleted object will stay in the recycle bin for 180 days.

You will need an Administrator account first.

Log In a Domain Controller or a Server that has the RSAT tools Installed and open Active Directory Administrative Center

Enable Active Directory Recycle Bin

In the ADAC right-click on the domain and click on Enable Recycle Bin…

Enable Active Directory Recycle Bin

Confirm by clicking OK

Enable Active Directory Recycle Bin

Click OK

Enable Active Directory Recycle Bin

Once done, Refresh the console and you will see a new Deleted Objects OU. Next time you delete a user and need to restore it you will see In the OU

Enable Active Directory Recycle Bin

If you click on a deleted object you will have the option to restore it its original location or a different location

Enable Active Directory Recycle Bin

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