This article describes how to search for objects in the
Deleted Objects container that have been deleted but not yet "garbage
collected." These objects are called tombstones. After they are deleted by the
garbage collection process, they no longer exist in the directory database.
When an Active Directory object is deleted, it is stored in
the Deleted Objects container for a configurable period of time so that the
deletion can replicate. To view tombstone objects in the Deleted Objects
container, follow these steps:
- Click Start, click Run, and then type ldp.exe.
- Connect to a domain controller. Then, bind to the domain controller.
- On the Browse menu, click Search.
- In the BaseDN box, type the distinguished name of the domain or path for the
tombstone that you want to retrieve.
For example, to retrieve the
tombstone for the domain "myDomain.com," type
- In the Filter box, click (isDeleted=*).
- In the Scope section, click Subtree.
- Click Options.
- In the Search Options dialog box, click Extended in the Search Call Type section, and make sure that the Timeout(s) box contains a value that is larger than zero (0).
- Click Controls, and then type 1.2.840.1135188.8.131.527 in
the Object Identifier box.
- In the Control Type section, click Server.
- To add the control to the Active Controls list, click Check in, and then click OK.
- In the Search Options dialog box, click OK.
- In the Search dialog box, click Run.
After you add the "Control for Deleted Objects" in
step 9, you can use the Ldp.exe tool to view the Deleted Objects container in all naming contexts for which your connected domain controller is authoritative. For example, you can view the Deleted Objects container in the following naming contexts:
- NC Configuration
For more information about how to use the Ldp.exe tool, refer to the
Microsoft Windows 2000 Resource Kit Tools Help file.
Article ID: 284928 - Last Review: October 11, 2007 - Revision: 4.2
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