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It seems like a large number of security groups have been deleted from the organization's AD. i was able to find the tombstones but i see there 1400 objects from the last 180 days and i know for certain that the important groups which have been deleted, have been deleted somewhere between yesterday's night and now. Is there a way, maybe by using power shell to extract the names of all objects which have been deleted through out the night? Thanks in advance


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what domain levels are you on? – tony roth Mar 29 '12 at 13:21
2003 domain level – Itai Ganot Mar 29 '12 at 13:54

For your 2003 domain, use a tool such as Softerra's LDAP Administrator to view and recover deleted items from Active Directory.

You would need a Windows Server 2008 domain controller on the domain in order to use PowerShell for that query. Raising the domain functional level actually adds a new Active Directory Recycle Bin feature as well.

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read the following links.

and yes this all could be done with powershell, unfortuantely I'm not at work so I can't test any powershell commands that I would use.

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