Active Directory & Exchange Schema Versions

This is some incredibly usefully information. I’m posting this just for my own need.

If you are running into environments and working on aspects of them such as Exchange, OCS, PKI, or other Active Directory integrated applications, you will encounter situations where you may need to update the AD schema. Of course, the first question is, what version am I at today?

Here’s a handy way to find out:

Query for the objectVersion attribute of the CN=Schema,CN=Configuration,DC=yourdomainhere of your Active Directory domain and compare the value to the table below.

I’ve provided links to the schema update information (where available), if you are curious as to what is updated in each.

AD Schema Update

Windows 2000 Server

Windows Server 2003 **

Windows Server 2003 R2

Windows Server 2008

** The Windows Server 2003 upgrade from 2000 also adds the CN=Windows2003Update,CN=ForestUpdates,CN=Configuration,DC=yourdomainhere and sets its revision attribute to 9. This hasn’t been used again, yet.

Exchange Server saves the current version of its schema updates in an attribute of two locations.

For /forestprep operations, query the rangeUpper attribute of the CN=ms-Exch-Schema-Version-Pt,CN=Schema,CN=Configuration,DC=yourdomainhere object.

For /domainprep operations, query the Microsoft Exchange System Objects object in each domain for its objectVersion value.

The table below provides the number to version translation.

Exchange Version

Exchange 2000 Server

Exchange Server 2003

Exchange Server 2007

Active Directory & Exchange Schema Versions

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Welcome, my name is Jason Benway I am the owner and primary blogger for Savage Nomads. I have been in the IT field for over 20 years, I started this site to share my findings with others. I live in Michigan with my family and went to school for a degree in computer science. I’ve worked at the same company for the last 14 years, I get to test and deploy lots of new and emerging technologies.


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  5. Do you recommend/discourage installing both test and production in a single forest, 2 distinct domains? Please advise.

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