Identify / Determine FSMO role holders in Active Directory

Identify / Determine / Find FSMO role holders in Active Directory

Illustrates how to use the ‘netdom‘ tool in order to find the FSMO role holders within your environment. These days the process for identification of FSMO role holders seems to be described in the most complex and long-winded of ways. Yes yes yes, this process can be done using the MMC snap-ins; Active Directoryy Users and Computers, Active Directory Domains and Trusts and Active Directory Schema. However, using the netdom utility supplied with the Windows Server 2000 / 2003 support tools it is possible to display this information almost instantly, in a single command window.

Simply run the following command form a command window.

netdom query fsmo

The output you recieve should look something like:

Schema owner vm-dc1.home.net
Domain role owner vm-dc1.home.net
PDC role vm-dc1.home.net
RID pool manager vm-dc1.home.net
Infrastructure owner vm-dc1.home.net

The command completed successfully