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    How can I recover deleted acounts from AD?

    My PYF has deleted all the accounts for all the students from Active Directory

    Does anyone know how to recover them please!!!!!

    [edited the title - cheers. Nath ~ tarquel]

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    Re: HHHEEEELLLLPPPPP!!!

    never used it, but it looks easier thank the KB article:

    http://www.quest.com/recovery_manage...ive_directory/

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    Re: HHHEEEELLLLPPPPP!!!

    Costs money plus it's only a backup system. ie, it would of been fine to recommend before this happened. There's no point now as the OP is not in a position to back anything up.

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    Re: HHHEEEELLLLPPPPP!!!

    Surely you mean your PFY???

    Just create yourself an excel spreadsheet with the details needed and recreate them.

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    Re: HHHEEEELLLLPPPPP!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff
    Costs money plus it's only a backup system. ie, it would of been fine to recommend before this happened. There's no point now as the OP is not in a position to back anything up.
    ah- indeed it is

    I'm not convinced that's particularly obvious from the main blurb

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    Re: HHHEEEELLLLPPPPP!!!

    can I now re-quailfy the help....

    Help, the student account details have been deleted.....

    and we don't have a backup (not high priority on manglement's budget)

    I'm currently looking for a hole to crawl into!

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    Re: HHHEEEELLLLPPPPP!!!

    Do you have a list of all the usernames?

    If not dump the output of dir into a file for each of the home folders i.e d:\home\staff, d:\home\students\00, d:\home\students\01 etc... then load them into excel and manipulate to produce something you can import using csvde.

    Then you just need to set the home folder locations and profile locations, enable the accounts and reset passwords.

    I use admodify to do the home and profile folders.

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    Re: HHHEEEELLLLPPPPP!!!

    It's a good job that we don't have webcams, otherwise you'd see the happy dance of a crazed loon!!

    It suddenly occured to me.... Volume Shadow Copy
    Normally volume shadow only backs up shared folders right...
    but the windows folder (where the AD files reside) is shared (but a hidden share)

    I copied the old files to a cd, rebooted in safe mode, swopped the files for the "old" ones......
    Hey presto!

    I'd already told the head about the cock up, and told him to expect 20hrs to sort the problem (2 mins per student, 600 students)

    Looks like I can put my feet up for 20hrs whilst I "fix" the problem. Nice easy week ahead, which I need after the stress of the 6 weeks of chasing contractors)!

    Phew!!!!!

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    Re: HHHEEEELLLLPPPPP!!!

    So the PFY is now cowaring in a corner of the server room then?

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    Re: HHHEEEELLLLPPPPP!!!

    Don't be too hard on the PFY ... we all make mistakes.

    My one was when shell scripting at my last place. We had a Sun box running Solaris 2.6 as our file server and I was running a script to find the location of unsuitable files. I then went a stage further and wanted to change the permissions to stop students accessing them or deleting them.

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    except the script didn't take into account folders that had ... erm ... awkward names ... like " ", or "."!!!

    So I am there telling it to chmod on a file nested in these folders ... so I get /usr/1995/jbloggs/ / / stuff/dontlookinhere/ / /naughty pics/nude.jpg ...

    erm ... except the script too the "/ /" to mean the root of the drive ... ok ..erm .. actually it took it to mean the root of the raid!

    I looked out access to *everything* by changing the perms. It was only that a session was still open on a machine in the server room (the script was a cron job). It even had the Sun guys puzzled for an hour or two as to why noone could access anything.

    It was 6 months before I was allowed near a script again.

    And this doesn't cover the 1 1/2 months of work on FirstClass that I ruined by deleting all the conferences whilst trying to get around batch scripting.

    Or when I demoted the wrong DC ... set the wrong DNS entries and killed the router ... deleted 30 students' music coursework and then stood on what I thought was the only backup ... erm ... oh crap ... and there is more too ...

    Now I know why I became Manglement ... they don't trust me near the computers anymore :-(

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    Re: HHHEEEELLLLPPPPP!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by webman
    So the PFY is now cowaring in a corner of the server room then?
    Sorry for the dumb question, but it is Monday the 1st day of the new academic year and i've had my fill off "Whats my password" and "how do you spell that" (Note the password is the town the school is in and the student in question has attended for about 5 years now) but whats a PFY?

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    Re: HHHEEEELLLLPPPPP!!!

    Pimply Faced Youth as in a BOFH's sidekick aka theregister.co.uk

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    Re: HHHEEEELLLLPPPPP!!!

    Hehe, nice array of accidents there GrumbeDook

    My most famous was a "what does that button do" moment - for some reason I had one of those safety plugs plugged in at work, and it had a test button. So I pressed it. So the office computers wen't off by the trip - no real problem. But so did half a dozen in the ICT suite next door in the middle of a lesson ops:

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