“Enable-ADOptionalFeature : A referral was returned from the server” Error Message

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Symptom The following error may appear during Active Directory Recycle Bin enable process: “Enable-ADOptionalFeature : A referral was returned from the server”. Resolution a. Locate the server/s that hosting “Domain Naming Master” and the “Schema Master” FSMO (Flexible Single Master Operations) Roles. b. In case that the each role is locate in a separate Active Directory domain, transfer the Domain Naming Master” and the “Schema Master” FSMO to a single server. c. Force Active Directory replication. d. Retry to enable the Active Directory Recycle Bin   For further information please review: Step-By-Step: Enabling Active Directory Recycle Bin in...

Active Directory Recycle Bin – GUI Tools

Thursday, May 26, 2011

In Windows 2008 R2, Microsoft introduced a new feather (Active Directory Recycle Bin) that allow you to recover Active Directory object without a need to use old method that required to use "Directory Restore Mode" etc. However, the new feather is supported by using a command line by default. During my surf on the net., I found two freeware tools that provides a GUI solution for the new feather. The first tool can be downloaded from the link: ADRecycleBin The second tool can be downloaded from the link: Enabling the Active Directory Recycle Bin Feature on Windows 2008 R2 Note: Before using the...