ADRestore.NET is yet another free utility that allows you to restore accidentally deleted Active Directory objects. Its name is related to Microsoft’s command line tool ADRestore. Like Quest’s Object Restore for Active Directory, it relies on the fact that deleted AD objects are not removed instantly from the AD database but marked with the tombstone marker.
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Hence, what I have written in my review of Quest’s utility also applies here. However, ADRestore.NET has additional features that can prove useful in some situations. It allows you to search for deleted AD objects, view the attributes of a deleted object, and use alternative credentials to access the tombstone objects.
On top of each of the four columns are fields that enable you to filter the list of the displayed tombstone objects. This feature can be useful if you have a large Active Directory database from which objects are deleted daily.
The tools also differ with respect to the displayed columns. Most significant is that ADRestore.NET doesn’t have a column for the date when the object was deleted. This could make searching for an object that has been deleted a while back quite difficult. What I like about ADRestore.NET is that it lets you view some of the object attributes. This could be helpful if you are uncertain that the found object is the correct one.