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Active Directory Schema Adminstrator

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In Windows AD there is Schema Administrator. I wonder if Enterprise Admin and Domain Admin have the privileges of Schema Admin by default.
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We'll have to add Enterprise and Domain Admin to Schema Admins group, for the specified accounts to have the Schema Admin privileges?

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Hi,

Regarding your question about " if Enterprise Admin and Domain Admin have the privileges of Schema Admin by default" - The answer is No. You need assign the schema admin group to the appropriate users in order get access to schema.

There is a good discussion about the privileges from EE, please have a look http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Server_Software/Active_Directory/Q_27313423.html

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Typically I would recommend that you only add the users who need access to the schema directly, and only for the time that they need the access to complete the work they're doing and then remove them.
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All these three group: Enterprise and Domain Admin to Schema Admins has different role to play. I normally prefer not to keep anyone in  Enterprise and Schema Admin group. Until you have any specific requirement, where you need account to part of these groups. Like Exchange server upgrade etc.

Schema is like a Blue print for your AD environment. Any changes made to it cannot be revert back again. Especially, if you made any custom changes manually.
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I just installed a new Domain , with 2 DCs. I checked the membership of Administrator account, and found that it is member of Enterprise /Schema/Domain admins.
That's by default.

What I believe, is when you install a new domain, you will become Enterprise Admin, and Enterprise Admin, can manually add Schema Admin and Domain Admin to Enterprise admin group...
So , I did not do that manually, Microsoft thought it is up to the Enterprise Admin to choose if they need in the Enterprise Admin group or he can remove them.

That's my guessing
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Administrator ID by default will be part of all these groups. If you need other ID's to have same access you can add them to required group. Domain admin is enough for managing AD.
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