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:
Domain naming master
Domain Wide Roles:
RID pool manager
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:
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.
3. Select the appropriate tab for the role you wish to view.
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.
Finding the Schema Master via GUI
To find out who currently holds the Schema Master Role:
regsvr32 schmmgmt.dllfrom 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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