Tom’s AD Object Recovery is a free Windows utility for querying your Active Directory for deleted computer, user, group, or other objects and restore them on-the-fly.
After a few months of working on this project I am glad to announce the first release of Tom’s AD Object Recovery. After looking for a reasonable Active Directory object recovery utility I found that there really wasn’t a lot of options out there that met my needs. The tools were either too complex or too expensive. All I really wanted was an easy to use and quick method for restoring Active Directory objects that had been accidentally deleted. So, I began writing my own application and I am glad to share the result with you.
Tom’s AD Object Recovery allows you to query your Active Directory for deleted Computer, User, Group, Organizational Unit, Printer, and Full Volume Encryption (Bitlocker) objects; and it allows you to restore the objects on the fly. Some of the built-in features include:
No domain controller downtime
Query, view, and restore Active Directory objects without rebooting the domain controller with Tom’s AD Object Recovery’s innovative graphical interface.
Easily restore deleted objects
Reanimate deleted AD objects with Microsoft’s tombstone reanimation feature in Windows Server 2003 and 2008.
Restore objects with all object attributes intact
If your Active Directory environment have the latest Recycle Bin feature enabled Tom’s AD Object Recovery is able to restore objects with all of their object attributes intact including the option to restore Bitlocker Recovery Password objects that are associated with a restored computer object.
The keyword highlighter allows you to quickly find the objects you are looking for including the main object and any child objects
How to restore deleted objects?
The user interface is super intuitive and restoring objects is very quick. For example, if you want to restore a deleted user object you would simply click on the User Objects button within the View Deleted Objects group on the ribbon. This will enumerate all deleted objects. If you have many objects to review you can use the filter option to narrow down the results or simply use the scroll bar to find the desired object. Then highlight the user you want to restore and press the Restore Selected Item button on the ribbon. It couldn’t be simpler and restoring the other objects work the same way. Restoring Bitlocker recovery keys is also simple, but since the computer object’s associated Full Volume Encryption (Bitlocker) object lives in a sub-container of the computer object you must first recover the computer object before you can recover the object that holds the Bitlocker recovery keys.
The applications homepage is a great place to learn more and to download this latest release.