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Validating your Active Directory Schema Version

Before you can introduce a new version of Windows Server into your domain as a Domain Controller, you must prepare the schema by running ADPREP to prepare the forest as well as the domain for the integration of the new OS version.

To avoid surprises and other possible issues during the process, it is a very good idea to validate the current version of the schema before and after the ADPREP process has been completed. To find the current Active Directory Schema Version, you can use one of the following methods:


Navigate to: CN=Schema,CN=Configuration,DC=domain,DC=local and review the current objectVersion attribute by clicking on the Properties of CN=Schema,CN=Configuration,DC=domain,DC=local.



Connect and Bind to one of your DCs using the ldp.exe tool. Click on view and then tree. The BASE DN is



Open a command prompt and use this command:

dsquery * cn=schema,cn=configuration,dc=domain,dc=local -scope base -attr objectVersion

The following information provides a mapping between the objectVersion attribute value, to the Active Directory Schema version:

  • 13 -> Windows 2000 Server
  • 30 -> Windows Server 2003
  • 31 -> Windows Server 2003 R2
  • 44 -> Windows Server 2008
  • 47 -> Windows Server 2008 R2
  • 51 -> Windows Server 2012

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