Searching for Deleted Objects

Updated: February 28, 2009

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

This topic explains how to use the Active Directory module for Windows PowerShell to search for deleted objects in Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS).


The following example demonstrates how to search for the deleted organizational unit (OU) Finance Department in the domain:

Get-ADObject -ldapFilter:"(msDS-LastKnownRDN=Finance_Department)" –IncludeDeletedObjects

Additional information

For a full explanation of the parameters that you can pass to Get-ADObject, at the Active Directory module command prompt, type Get-Help Get-ADObject –detailed , and then press ENTER.