Granting Account Operator access to an Exchange 2003 admin

If you want to grant a minimum level of priviledges to an Exchange 2003 admin, Account Operator is an acceptable alternative to Domain administrator access says site expert Jonathan Hassell.

We are grappling with the issue of providing a minimum level of access to an Exchange 2003 admin located offshore with permissions to perform all functions of an Exchange 2003 admin. We use Active Directory and Windows 2003 servers. We do not want to give Domain admin access. Is Account Operator an acceptable alternative?
My understanding is that using Account Operator would allow this to work, at least for administering the user-specific properties of an Exchange client.
This was first published in October 2005

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