Global Catalog Server

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What is a Global Catalog Server?
Please someone explain in detail and what is the purpose of it?

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Venkat
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Global Catalog is like a normal Active directory server but also have additional object information about other domains in Forest or trusted Domains.

How does it help.-> so when you query a user who is in different domain then your domain then information about the user is queried from the Global Catalog server as it have these information locally cached....instead of going to another Domain servers..

Whenever we setup a new domain the first server is always a Global catalog server. you can have multiple Global Catalog servers in a domain.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc728188(v=ws.10).aspx
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