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I have a windows 2008 domain NON-R2. I by accident delete the wron user acocunt yesterday.

IN Windows 2008 is there any way for me to easily recover the delete user account??????

Please help..
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Do you have a system state backup?

If you do you can use ntdsutil and do an auth restore. Follow this link to get all the groups back to.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/840001
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Unlike 2008 r2 there is no way to EASILY recover a deleed user account with out using a backup??
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You can reanimate the deleted user object. But once the user is restored it will not have all the attributes, one main thing is the group membership.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/2007.09.tombstones.aspx
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Will the sid be the same though?
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Yes the sid will remain the same.
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I have used this free software package successfully in the past. It will do exactly what you need.

http://www.quest.com/object-restore-for-active-directory/

The blurb from their site:

"Object Restore for Active Directory is a free, graphical utility that allows you to instantly recover deleted objects in a Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2008 environment without rebooting a Domain Controller. The freeware utility allows viewing Tombstoned objects in Active Directory and reanimating deleted items using Microsoft’s new Tombstone Reanimation interfaces. When you download the Freeware, a six-month key is built in. You will be prompted to re-register on our site at the end of each six-month period."

Don't be put off having to frequently register the software....
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CAn this be done in 2008 without using a third party utility??
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Yes with the link I provided. Either using a system state backup or by reanimating the tombstoned object.  Here are a few other links to look over and a example using powershell and the SDM cmdlets.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc771290%28WS.10%29.aspx
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd379542%28WS.10%29.aspx
http://richardspowershellblog.wordpress.com/2008/06/08/reanimate-ad-tombstone-objects/
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The A.D recycling bin is only for 2008 R2 correct..

I do not have a back readly availbe all tape are offsite...

Suggestion??
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Yes the AD recycle bin is only available in 08R2. If you do not have a SS backup then you will need to re-animate.

The link I provided using LDP or the quest software from MED1975.

There is also adrestore.net

http://www.windowsreference.com/free-utilities/adrestorenet-the-gui-version-of-adrestore/

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Can the quest software be installed on a workstation? Also in the mean time I create another account with the same name of the the delete account? SHould I delete the new acocunt before I recover the old one?
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Yes - delete your newly created account.. The Quest software can be installed on a workstation - this is how I have it set up in my environment.
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The quest software worked perfectly..
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