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I deleted a users mailbox in the ECP- AD user was of course also deleted. The recycle bin is not enabled.

Is the only way to recover the user and mailbox with an authoritative restore?

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  1. You can't restore the mailbox by restoring the user account. If you don't have a backup of the mailbox then see this link:

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj863438(v=exchg.150).aspx

  1. You can restore the deleted user account with the ADResore utility from Sysinternals:

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963906.aspx

  • The ADRestore has been last updated in 2006. Although the article includes support for Windows 2008 R2, I would consider it's usage as a bit risky and double-check if it will work properly in your environment. – Vick Vega Apr 23 '16 at 19:41
  • ADRestore isn't doing anything that you can't do yourself with NTDSUTIL (which isn't deprecated). ADRestore is just simplifying the process. – joeqwerty Apr 23 '16 at 19:53
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As far as I am aware apart from pulling the data from a backup you will have to use Authoritative Restore. Definitely interested in seeing i there is an alternative myself.

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