Cache universal group memberships

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To cache universal group memberships

  1. Open Active Directory Sites and Services.

  2. In the console tree, click the site in which you want to enable universal group membership caching.


    • Active Directory Sites and Services/Sites/the site in which you want to enable universal group membership caching
  3. In the details pane, right-click NTDS Site Settings, and then click Properties.

  4. Select the Enable Universal Group Membership Caching check box.

  5. In Refresh cache from, click a site from which this site will refresh its cache, or accept <Default> to refresh the cache from the nearest site that has a global catalog.


  • To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Domain Admins group or the Enterprise Admins group in Active Directory, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. As a security best practice, consider using Run as to perform this procedure. For more information, see Default local groups, Default groups, and Using Run as.

  • To open Active Directory Sites and Services, click Start, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Active Directory Sites and Services.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

See Also


The role of the global catalog
Global catalogs and sites
Global catalog replication