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Manually add connections

Updated: May 1, 2010

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To manually add connections

  1. Open Active Directory Sites and Services.

  2. In the console tree, right-click NTDS Settings for the domain controller for which you want to manually add a connection, and then click New Active Directory Connection.


    • Active Directory Sites and Services/Sites/site that contains the domain controller for which you want to manually add a connection/Servers/domain controller for which you want to manually add a connection/NTDS Settings

  3. In the Find Domain Controllers dialog box, click the domain controller that you want to include in the connection object.

  4. In the New Object-Connection dialog box, type a name for the new connection object.


  • To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Domain Admins group or the Enterprise Admins group in Active Directory, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. As a security best practice, consider using Run as to perform this procedure. For more information, see Default local groups, Default groups, and Using Run as.

  • To open Active Directory Sites and Services, click Start, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Active Directory Sites and Services.

  • Active Directory automatically creates and deletes connection objects under normal conditions.

  • If you are certain that a connection is required and that you want it to persist until it is manually removed, create a connection manually.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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