How to Quickly check FSMO roles-Method #2

How to Quickly check FSMO roles

Active Directory contains five roles called Flexible Single Master Operation Roles (FSMO), these roles are required for the domain controllers to function correctly. During the first domain controller installation, the FSMO roles are installed automatically. In most cases they can be left alone, but there are times when they need to be moved such as a failed DC.

It is a good idea to be familiar with where the roles are installed in your AD environment, you never know when a disaster will hit. In this post, I will walk through two simple methods for finding the roles. The first method uses the Netdom query tool and the second uses windows GUI mode.

There are two forest wide roles and three domain wide roles

Forest Wide Roles:

Schema Master
Domain naming master

Domain Wide Roles:

PDC
RID pool manager
Infrastructure Master

Method #2: Use the GUI

The FSMO role holders can be easily found by use of some of the AD snap-ins. Use this table to see which tool can be used for what FSMO role:

OP master

To find out who currently holds the Domain-Specific RID Master, PDC Emulator, and Infrastructure Master FSMO Roles:

1. Open the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in from the Administrative Tools folder.2. Right-click the 2. Active Directory Users and Computers icon again and press Operation Masters.

FSMO-Roles

3. Select the appropriate tab for the role you wish to view.

RID Master

FSMO-RID

PDC Emulator-

FSMO-PDC

Infrastructure Master

FSMO-Infrastructure

4. When you’re done click Close.

Finding the Domain Naming Master via GUI

To find out who currently holds the Domain Naming Master Role:

1. Open the Active Directory Domains and Trusts snap-in from the Administrative Tools folder.

2. Right-click the Active Directory Domains and Trusts icon again and press Operation Masters.

FSMO-DomainNaming

Finding the Schema Master via GUI

To find out who currently holds the Schema Master Role:

  1. Run regsvr32 schmmgmt.dll from an elevated command prompt

2. Run mmc.exe

3. In the empty console that opens add the Active Directory Schema  Management snap-in.

4. Right click on the Schema icon and select Operations Master. This will show you who currently holds it and allow you to transfer it.

Method#1 already explained in previous post. If you still want to check the method#1 click here “How to Quickly check FSMO roles-Method

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