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How to check in system if somone delete one of the ID in Active Directory?
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Mohammed Khawaja

8/22/2022 - Mon
Mohammed Khawaja

Start with looking at the Security logs in Event Viewer.  If logging is not on then you maybe able to find the deleted object but not who deleted it.  Refer to link below for more information.  Also note that recovery could be different depending on OS version, which version of OS are you running?


if you have not had auditing enabled it would be difficult but trolling through event viewer will give you a rough idea.
Panda 5888

Security logs only keep 1 day data. Is there any file that can can be referred.? Our AD is on Windows 2003.
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William Peck
Mohammed Khawaja

What I would suggest is to implement a log management solution and for that I suggest you implement Splunk.  With Splunk, all logs (or desired logs) will be indexed and kept on the Splunk server.  You could create dashboards, alerts, reports, etc.  For example your could enable a daily report of all items deleted objects or enable an alert which will send out an email anytime an object is deleted.

If your logs are keeping only day of data, you might want to check and see if you could increase the log file size or if it is set to keep 1 day's data then increase it.
Panda 5888

Is there any other place such as system folder/log to check who is deleted the ID? My management want to trace who is the once to delete the ID.
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Panda 5888

Is there any software that can trace/scan on the use of domain admin id in services, scheduler inside server.
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Santosh Gupta


See the below url to find the deleted object details by running LDAP query,


hope this will help.
Mohammed Khawaja

You are correct that with LDP you could search deleted items but it is a cumbersome and not very user friendly tool.