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I know the same information available all over the internet but still few of my friends asked me to write this I’m writing this here. We are not going to dig into FSMO and its concepts, just we are going to see how to find which server is holding the each role in various methods. I hope this will helpful for beginners.

Ways to see FSMO roles:

  • Using NETDOM command
  • GUI Console
  • Replmon (Replication Monitor)

Note: There are few more methods to achieve this.

1. Using NETDOM:

This is one of the easiest way to list out the fsmo roles.

Use below command to list out the fsmo roles:

     Netdom query fsmo

Note: If you are running this command from your windows server 2003 make sure that support tools(from OS CD) already installed. Windows server 2008 and R2 by default has it.

2. GUI Console:

This is another way of achieving this, mostly we all would have used this way when we were beginning.

In console we cannot see all the roles at single place, we have use three different consoles as follows.

Domain level roles:

  • PDC Emulator
  • RID Master
  • Infrastructure Master

Go to start–> Run–> dsa.msc–> Right click on your domain name –> choose operations master–> now you can see domain level roles as below figure shows:

Forest level roles:

To see Domain Naming Master: Go to start–> Run–> domain.msc–> Right click on the Active Directory Domains and Trusts–> Choose Operations Masters–> Now you can see which server is holding the Domain Naming master as it shows in the below figure:

Schema Master:

Note: Make sure that you have registered your schema

To register schema Go to Run–> type Regsvr32 Schmmgmt.dll–> ok

After this Go to run–>type mmc–> ok–> Add or Remove Console –> Choose Active Directory Schema–> ok–> This would added into your console–> right click on Active Directory Schema–> Choose Operations Master–> Now it will show you which server is holding the Schema Master as shows in below figure:

3. Replmon (Replication Monitor)

Note: Make sure that you have installed support tools before running this command. This is only possible in windows server 2003 server. From windows server 2008 it has been removed, for administering replication you have to use Repadmin.exe

Go to run–> Replmon

–> Add Monitored Server

–>Choose your domain–> Next

–>Choose your server –> Finish

–> Properties –> Choose FSMO Roles–> now this will show you all the roles list as below:

I hope you would have enjoyed reading this, Cheers!!!