To restore a deleted object
In a list of search results prepared using the Deleted Objects search category, or in a list of objects held in the Deleted Objects container, right-click the deleted object and click Restore.
The Restore Object dialog box prompts you to choose whether deleted child objects (descendants) of the deleted object should also be restored. The Restore child objects check box is selected by default, which ensures that the Restore command applied on a deleted container object restores the entire contents of the container.
To clarify, consider an example in which an administrator accidentally deletes an Organizational Unit (OU) called Sales_Department that contains a number of user accounts for sales persons along with another OU called Admins that, in turn, contains a user account for an administrative assistant. When applying the Restore command on the Sales_Department OU, with the option to restore child objects, Active Roles performs the following sequence of steps:
If you clear the Restore child objects check box, Active Roles performs only the first step, so the restored Sales_Department OU is empty.
IMPORTANT: When restoring a deleted object, ensure that its parent object is not deleted. You can identify the parent object by viewing properties of the deleted object: the canonical name of the parent object, preceded with the "deleted from:" label, is displayed beneath the name of the deleted object on the General tab in the Properties dialog box. If the parent object is deleted, you need to restore it prior to restoring its children because deleted objects must be restored to a live parent.
The delegation model based on the Active Roles Access Templates is fully applicable to the administrative tasks specific to deleted objects. A new Access Template called All Objects - View or Restore Deleted Objects makes it easy to delegate the following operations to selected users:
When applied to the Deleted Objects container, the Access Template gives the delegated users the right to view and restore any deleted object. With the Access Template applied to an Organizational Unit (OU) or a Managed Unit (MU), the delegated users are given the right to view and restore only those deleted objects that were located in that OU or MU at the time of deletion.
To delegate the operation of restoring deleted objects
Although it is possible to delegate the operation of restoring deleted objects in any managed domain, Organizational Unit or Managed Unit, a deleted object cannot be restored by using Active Roles unless the object belongs to a managed domain that has Active Directory Recycle Bin enabled. For instructions on how to enable Recycle Bin, see “Active Directory Recycle Bin Step-by-Step Guide” in Microsoft’s documentation for Windows Server 2008 R2.
In addition to the delegation of administrative tasks, Active Roles provides the ability to establish policy-based control over the process of restoring deleted objects. Policy rules can be used to perform additional verifications or custom script-based actions upon the restoration of deleted objects. Workflow rules can be applied so as to require approval for the restore operation or notify of the restore operation completion via e-mail.
For example, an administrator could create a workflow to require approval for the restoration of any user account that was deleted from a certain Organizational Unit (OU). The workflow definition would contain an appropriate approval rule, and have that OU specified as the target container in the workflow start conditions.
To apply a Policy Object to the Deleted Objects container
For more information and instructions on configuring and applying Policy Objects, see Applying Policy Objects earlier in this document.
Workflow rules are defined by configuring workflow definitions and specifying the appropriate workflow start conditions.
To apply a workflow to the Deleted Objects container
This will cause the workflow to start upon a request to restore a deleted object of the type specified.
You could select a container other than Deleted Objects. If you do so, the workflow starts only upon the restoration of an object that was deleted from the container you have selected.
For more information about workflows, see the Workflows chapter earlier in this document.