Restoring deleted objects, incorrect modifications, unauthorized changes to group memberships, and other information in Active Directory can be a difficult and error-prone task—sometimes it is impossible. Should somebody accidentally drop a user or an entire OU, you've got a lot of work ahead of you—you will have to learn the AD architecture, including object types, tombstone, and attributes, and you still may not obtain 100% recovery of certain attributes. Native and third-party backup and recovery tools, in most cases, require non-authoritative restore and DC downtime, and they don't always have object-level restore capabilities.
NetWrix AD Object Restore allows quick restoration of deleted and modified objects in Windows 2003 or 2008 Active Directory without rebooting a domain controller. This solution goes beyond the Windows 2008-native Active Directory Recycle Bin, which is difficult to use and limits rollback capabilities, and it stores more information than what is normally preserved in the AD tombstone. Moreover, no tool relying only on the tombstone will be able to revert modified and incorrectly added objects. Therefore, the Active Directory Object Restore Wizard is much more reliable than built-in tools and other solutions based on standard Microsoft Tombstone Reanimation interfaces.
This tool is a part of the AD Change Reporter, so you will have a convenient change management solution for free, and you won't have to do manual tracking of unauthorized changes or perform routine manual recovery. You just receive a daily report of all changes and launch the wizard if recovery is required. Summary reports show what objects and attributes have been changed, deleted, or added in Active Directory to ease recovery tasks and to help you perform object- or even attribute-level recoveries.
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