What is Global Catalogue Server

A global catalogue is a domain controller that stores information about all the objects in the Active directory Forest. So with the help of Global catalogue we can search objects within the global catalogue server without searching in separate domain controllers every time.Global catalogue server stores full,writable replicas of schema and configuration directory partitions and full,writable replica of domain directory partition for the domain that it is hosting .
Global catalogue server also stores partial , read only replica of every other domain in forest .

 

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