Data loss is a fact of life and it pays to be prepared for all sorts of recovery scenarios.
Tombstone reanimation for Active Directory was introduced in Windows Server 2003. This feature takes advantage of the fact that Active Directory keeps deleted objects in the database for a period of time before physically removing them. In the September issue of TechNet Magazine, Gil Kirkpatrick shows you how tombstone reanimation helps you recover deleted Active Directory objects using standard Microsoft tools.
If you missed it, back in the April 2007 issue of TechNet Magazine, Gil discussed the importance of having a plan in place for recovering Active Directory users and groups.
And on the theme of disaster recovery planning, in the July 2007 issue, Lee Benjamin walked through some data protection and disaster recovery best practices for Exchange Server 2007. Also, be sure to read Michael Lee's article on Exchange Server 2003 disaster recovery planning from our August 2006 issue.
For more information about Active Directory and other Windows Server 2003 technologies, including articles, guidelines, and downloads, see the Windows Server TechCenter.
Terrence Dorsey for TechNet Magazine
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