Disable Recycle Bin in AD 2016

Birdal 116 Reputation points
2020-09-01T06:14:50.313+00:00

Hi,
"Recyle Bin" in Active Directory 2016 is enabled in our infrastructure. We want to promote domain and forest functional level step to step to from Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2012 > Windows Server 2012 R2 > Windows Server 2016.

Some comments exist in Internet that "Recycle Bin" should be disable to make the rollback possible?!
Is there any official Microsoft article about

  • how we can disable "Recyle Bin" in AD?
  • if it is correct that we should really disable Recyle Bin to make rollback possible?

Best regards
Birdal

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  1. Daisy Zhou 12,921 Reputation points Microsoft Employee
    2020-09-01T07:57:11.777+00:00

    Hello @Birdal ,

    Thank you for posting here.

    Here are the answers for your references.

    • how we can disable "Recyle Bin" in AD?

    A1: The process of enabling Active Directory Recycle Bin is irreversible; this means that once you enable the Active Directory Recycle Bin you cannot disable it.

    • if it is correct that we should really disable Recyle Bin to make rollback possible?

    A2: No. The Recycle Bin was the only blocker when attempting to lower functional levels initially. The Recycle Bin has been supported since Windows Server 2008 R2 and thus it has no impact when working with any functional levels higher than Windows Server 2008 R2 (which all support the Recycle Bin feature). The Recycle Bin will only be a blocker when attempting rollback to Windows Server 2008.

    Because your current domain and forest functional level is Windows Server 2008 R2, no matter we raise it to Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows Server 2016, we can roll back functional level to 2008 R2. But we can not roll back functional level to Windows Server 2008, because Recycle Bin feature is not supported with Windows Server 2008 functional level.

    Meanwhile, here is a test in my lab.

    For example:

    My domain name: a.local
    Forest functional level: 2012 R2
    Domain functional level: 2016
    Recycle bin: Enabled
    21894-re1.png

    I downgrade Domain functional level from 2016 to 2012 R2 with command successfully.
    21830-re2.png

    For more information, we can refer to the links below.

    Windows Server 2012 R2: Active Directory Recycle Bin Feature
    https://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/28629.windows-server-2012-r2-active-directory-recycle-bin-feature.aspx

    Introduction to Active Directory Administrative Center Enhancements (Level 100)
    https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/identity/ad-ds/get-started/adac/introduction-to-active-directory-administrative-center-enhancements--level-100-

    Hope the information above is helpful.

    Best Regards,
    Daisy Zhou

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  1. BOURBITA Thameur 12,321 Reputation points Microsoft MVP
    2020-09-01T20:13:50.24+00:00

    Hi,


    We want to promote domain and forest functional level step to step to from Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2012 > Windows Server 2012 R2 > Windows Server 2016.
    Some comments exist in Internet that "Recycle Bin" should be disable to make the rollback possible?!***

    It's not correct, you don't need to keep recycle bin disabled to raise the domain and forest functional level from windows 2008 R2 to Windows 2016. You can proceed the functional level upgrade with recycle bin enabled.

    - how we can disable "Recyle Bin" in AD?

    It's not possible to disable recycle bin feature , it's irreversible . You can read the link below to get more details about recycle bin feature:

    advanced-ad-ds-management-using-active-directory-administrative-center--level-200-

    * if it is correct that we should really disable Recyle Bin to make rollback possible?*

    You can downgrade the functional level from windows 2016 to Windows 2012 or Windows 2008 R2 with recycle bin feature enabled.

    Don't forget to mark this reply as answer if it help you to fix your issue

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  2. Birdal 116 Reputation points
    2020-09-03T08:28:15.533+00:00

    Hi @Daisy Zhou ,
    thank you for your feedback and detailed explanations.
    We will check and apply it.
    Best regards
    Birdal