Checking the Location of Domain FSMO Roles

by Chris Sanders [Published on 3 July 2008 / Last Updated on 3 July 2008]

Here is a quick tip to finding out where the FSMO roles for a domain are located.

When dealing with Active Directory on a domain that is unfamiliar, you may be placed in a situation where you have to verify the location of the domains FSMO roles. One of the quickest ways to do this is through the netdom utility which is part of the Windows Server 2003 support tools package.

You can view the location of all five FSMO roles by using this command: Netdom query fsmo

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The Author — Chris Sanders

Chris Sanders is a network security analyst for EWA Government Systems Inc. Chris is the author of the book Practical Packet Analysis as well as several technical articles. His personal website at contains a great deal of information, articles, and guides related to network administration, network security, packet analysis, and general information technology.

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