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Q&A about AdminSdHolder and SDProp

If you works on Active Directory, probably you may have run into an issue with AdminSdHolder. This object and its AD worker code is used by Domain Controllers to protect high-privilege accounts from inadvertent modification – i.e. if an administrator account was moved into an OU that was being maintained by an delegated OU admin, it makes sure the high-privilege permissions are not stripped away. You can probably think of a few reasons why allowing a member of Enterprise Admins to be monkeyed with is a Bad Thing. Anyhoo, the way this works is there’s a special object located at: cn=adminsdholder,cn=system,dc=contoso,dc=com There is also the related SDProp code, which computes and fixes up group memberships for Administrative groups. Both tasks operate only on the PDC Emulator.

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