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What is the purpose of Schema Admins?

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What is the purpose of Schema Admins in Active Directory Security Groups.
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At the risk of being obvious only users who are schema admins are allowed to make changes to the active directory schema - either via the ADSIEdit and and other tools or with ADprep etc.
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Schema Admins are the only users capable of modifying the schema in a Windows domain. Since schema additions cannot be removed once added, it's kind of important to limit even administrators from extending the schema without proper authority.
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Just to follow up on what Midnight said, Microsoft released a good white paper a few months ago on how they manage their Schema changes

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb687810.aspx
Structured Active Directory Schema Management at Microsoft

Good info in their, they certainly have very good processes.
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