If we delete an object from the active directory, it does not delete the object from the active directory permanently. Active directory sets the attribute isDeleted for deleted object and move it to on CN=Deleted Objects container. The Deleted objects are called as tombstone.
|Windows 2000 server||60 days|
|windows 2003 server||60 days|
|windows 2003 server sp1||180 days|
|windows 2003 r2 sp1||60 days|
|windows 2003 r2 sp2||180 days|
|windows 2008 server||180 days|
Steps to change the tombstone lifetime value.
Step 1: Open the Adsieditor
Execute the adsiedit.msc command .
Step 2: Click the Configuration partition in ADSI editor
Step 3: Click the CN=services in configuration partition
modify the value