Enabling and Disabling the Global Catalog

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

This topic explains how to use the Active Directory module for Windows PowerShell to enable or disable the global catalog in Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS).


The following example demonstrates how to enable the global catalog in the Fabrikam.com domain:

Set-ADObject "CN=NTDS Settings,CN=Fabrikam-DC1,CN=Servers,CN=Default-First-Site-Name,CN=Sites,CN=Configuration,DC=Fabrikam,DC=COM" -Replace@{options='1'}

To disable the global catalog, replace the value 1 with 0.

Additional information

You can use the following parameters when you set many of the common values of Active Directory objects:

  • -Description

  • -DisplayName

  • -ProtectedFromAccidentalDeletion

For a full explanation of the parameters that you can pass to Set-ADObject, at the Active Directory module command prompt, type Get-Help Set-ADObject –detailed, and then press ENTER.