Active Directory - Recovery of deleted user .... from 2003



  • OK... here's an odd question... client has 2k8r2 AD server, but never raised the domain/forest level. User (financial guru) was deleted from AD (we believe) and we're trying to recover the account. We attempted the tombstone recovery, and we're not going to do the authoritative restore (as we're not billing the client...yet.)
    If we raise the domain and forest level and enable the AD recycle bin, do you think we'd be able to see the deleted items in AD? Or are those lost when we raise the functional level?



  • Does your backup software have granular AD object recovery for 2003?



  • @NetworkNerd hahaa.... backups? What's that?
    I think they were using just Windows Backup rather than paying for a solid backup app.



  • @milnesy said:

    @NetworkNerd hahaa.... backups? What's that?
    I think they were using just Windows Backup rather than paying for a solid backup app.

    I thought that was probably the case, but I thought I would at least ask. Sometimes in a panic we forget things like that.



  • bummer, AD Recycle Bin would have been nice here.....



  • @milnesy said:

    @NetworkNerd hahaa.... backups? What's that?
    I think they were using just Windows Backup rather than paying for a solid backup app.

    Good time to explain the benefits of a real backup utility.



  • From the thread title, I thought that they wanted you to recover a user that was deleted back in 2003. :godmode:



  • @thanksaj Problem is, they're a school district with little, if any, funding for IT. Backups are always an afterthought.
    At least after this adventure, we might be able to convince them to convince the tech company they have on contract not to f up again, and to implement a backup solution.



  • @milnesy said:

    @thanksaj Problem is, they're a school district with little, if any, funding for IT. Backups are always an afterthought.
    At least after this adventure, we might be able to convince them to convince the tech company they have on contract not to f up again, and to implement a backup solution.

    The school district is going to lose all student records at some point and hopefully it won't be that moment they realize the value of solid backups. Hopefully they will have learned the lesson beforehand.



  • @milnesy said:

    @thanksaj Problem is, they're a school district with little, if any, funding for IT. Backups are always an afterthought.
    At least after this adventure, we might be able to convince them to convince the tech company they have on contract not to f up again, and to implement a backup solution.

    This is a very very poor excuse. $250 is all it costs for Backup Assist, which is a very capable and very cheap backup solution. My philosophy is that if the business cannot afford $250, they can't afford servers or even afford my time.


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    @milnesy said:

    @thanksaj Problem is, they're a school district with little, if any, funding for IT. Backups are always an afterthought.

    What they need to see is that whatever budget there is, is the budget. Skipping backup planning is like taking the budget and spending it on things they can't afford. It's the business equivalent of knowing you have to pay rent for the month AND pay for food but going out to eat every night and not being able to make rent and then saying "meh, who needs shelter, it's not like the weather ever gets bad."

    It's called a budget for a reason. They need to take the money that they have and figure out what they can do with it. If there isn't money for backups, there isn't money for anything. What's really happening is that they blew the budget and hoped that they wouldn't get caught.