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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

How to Recover an Active Directory object using the Recycle Bin , 2008 & 2012 Methods

Posted By: The Funky Tech Guy - 3:08:00 AM


At some point in your career as an Active Directory Domain Administrator you will have the need to recover an AD object (user,computer,OU etc) and the last thing you want to do is an authoritive restore from backup.

In a previous post I show you how to check if the AD Recycle Bin feature is enabled and how to enable it which is the main prerequisite for this post.

In Windows Server 2012:

In Server 2012 it really easy using the Active Directory Administrative Center aka ADAC

  1. Open the the ADAC


  2. Select Deleted Objects


  3. Right click an object on the right and select Restore or Restore To… then select the location the object should be restored to.


In Windows Server 2008:

There are 3 ways if you’re in a Windows 2008 environment.

  1. Use the ADAC tools installed on a Windows 2012 Server. This will have the same result and procedure as shown above and is by far the easiest.
  2. Option 2 is using LPD.exe ,Microsoft has an easy to follow article detailing this procedure.
  3. Using PowerShell.
    • use the Get-ADObject command if you want a list of deleted objects
    • once found you can simply restore the object using Restore-ADObject (See Example below of a computer object being restored. Same applies to users and other AD objects )


That's It!

I hope this post has been informative for you. Send a shout out if you found this post helpful or comment if you have any questions.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Check if Active Directory Recycle Bin is enabled and enable AD Recycle Bin

Posted By: The Funky Tech Guy - 6:39:00 AM


    Back in the day when I started my AD journey, there wasn’t an easy way to recover an accidentally deleted Active Directory object. Back then I found a very helpful tool for Windows Server 2003 and 2008 called

    However, since Windows Server 2008 R2 they introduced a feature called the Recycle Bin, making recovery of AD objects allot easier. This is not enabled by default however and once enabled you cannot disable it.

    So here are 2 easy steps to check if it's enabled and also how to enable it. Once complete you will want to review a previous post on how to actually restore an object using the recycle bin with methods for both 2008 and 2012

    Check if Recycle Bin is enabled

  1. Open up an admin PowerShell window and use the following command to check if ad recycle bin is enabled

    If  “Enabled Scopes” is empty then it is disabled. The below shows off a disabled environment.


  2. To enable the Recycle Bin feature simply run the following command from an Admin PowerShell windows.


I hope this post has been informative for you.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

How to Download ALL your Facebook data–Legally

Posted By: The Funky Tech Guy - 6:05:00 AM

There may come a time when you want to have a copy of your Facebook data, perhaps you thinking of deleting your account permanently and if you do, you may want to have a look at How to permanently delete your Facebook profile.
You will receive  a copy of your data in a zip file in simple website format with ALL your data,from password changes, where you logged in from 5 years ago, the browser you used, the IP address, all your photos, pokes, likes, comments, messages, videos you name it, its ALL there. See Pic Below
For a full list of items you can visit


  1. Clicking the at the top right of any Facebook page and select Settings

  1. Click Download a copy of your Facebook data below your General Account Settings

  2. Click Start My Archive

  3. Enter your password

  4. Click Start My Archive again

  5. Your Download has been requested


  6. Wait for the Download Ready email and click the link in the e-mail

  7. Click Download Archive

  8. Enter your password again
  9. Once the download is complete be sure to secure your archive .

Don’t get hooked and put down your phone ;-)


How to permanently delete your Facebook account the right way

Posted By: The Funky Tech Guy - 4:52:00 AM

So finally ,after nearly a decade of pokes, likes, status updates and pictures posted Iimage decided enough is enough and I am re-claiming the little time I have on this earth. No more checking for social media updates on my phone(Wooo Hoooo). It feels rather liberating to say the least.
To many users it might not be that obvious because the setting is hidden from the usual Facebook settings, but you can permanently delete your Facebook account.
Remember there are two things you can do:
  1. Deactivate your account
    • Doesn't delete anything merely “hides” everything e.g you won’t show up on searches etc.
    • You can reactivate if you change your mind
  2. Delete your account
    • Actually deletes your account , permanently. Here is how:
    • Be sure because you can’t change your mind

1. Download a copy of your data



The first thing you want to do is download a copy of your data. If you not sure how then go here
How to download your Facebook data

2. Process your delete

It may take up to 90 days from the beginning of the deletion process to delete all of the things you've posted, like your photos, status updates or other data stored in backup systems. While we are deleting this information, it is inaccessible to other people using Facebook.


There are many popups asking you “if you are sure” so be sure before you proceed.





And finally after you logout you have one last chance of instructions.


If you are still unsure then find some fun inspiration here and I'm sure you can relate to at least a few.

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