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Designate a domain controller to be a global catalog server

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

Setting the Global Catalog check box designates a domain controller as a global catalog server and initiates the process of replicating all domains to the server.

Administrative Credentials

To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Domain Admins group in the domain where you are configuring the domain controller to be a global catalog server.

To designate a domain controller to be a global catalog server

  1. Open Active Directory Sites and Services.

  2. In the console tree expand the Sites container, and then expand the site in which you are designating a global catalog server.

  3. Expand the Servers container and then expand the Server object for the domain controller that you want to designate as a global catalog server.

  4. Right-click the NTDS Settings object for the target server, and then click Properties.

  5. Select the Global Catalog check box, and then click OK.