Windows Server 2003 – How to manage Active Directory?

May 19, 2008

To manage AD (Active Directory) on a Windows Server 2003 Server that is not a domain controller, you need to register the ‘Active Directory Schema Manager MMC (Microsoft Management Console) snap-in.

This is a simple task:

Click Start > Run, type: ‘REGSVR32 SCHMMGMT.DLL’ and hit enter.

You should see a confirmation message.

You can now load MMC and add the required AD snapin. To load MMC, Start > Run, type: ‘MMC’ and hit enter.

When its loaded, go to File > Add/Remove Snap-in then click Add, select the desired snap-in from the list (Most probably you are looking for Active Directory Users and Computers), click Add, then OK.

You can the MMC with the snap-in(s) you selected as an MSC file.

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