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As far as I know LDP.exe is a GUI tool used to search Active Directory. I was not sure that we can restore deleted object from AD , as shown in this video (unfortunately it a silent video):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujUUVI5wsNM

I guess I am not aware of other functions that LDP.exe might be capable of. Please let me know of other functions of LDP.exe other than searching AD.

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by:Mike Kline
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Searching is the main use but you can also manipulate objects, more on that here

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/260745

The best book that covers ldp in my opinion is

http://www.amazon.com/Directory-Forestry-Investigating-Managing-Attributes/dp/0954421809/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1368467273&sr=8-1&keywords=john+craddock+active+directory

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Mike
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If we delete an object from Active Directory, the only method I know is using NTDSUTIL for an authoritative restore, but will have to restart the DC into Directory Services Restore mode.

So does that mean with LDP.exe, we do not to go through the method I mentioned above ?
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For an authoritative LDP won't work.   LDP does what is known as tombstone reanimation

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/2007.09.tombstones.aspx

Once you get to the AD recycle bin it becomes much easier.

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Mike
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you mean before garbage collector is initiated, LDP can help to restore deleted objects  , but not after ?
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yes before but they don't come back with all the attributes, the adrestore tool can do the same thing.

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