How to Check FSMO Roles Holders in Active Directory

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Introduction

This guide illustrates how to check FSMO roles in Server 2016.

The are 5 FSMO roles in Active Directory:

  • RID Master
  • PDC Emulator Master
  • Infrastructure Master
  • Domain Naming Master
  • Schema Master

Steps to Check FSMO Roles in Server 2016

The steps to check which Domain Controller holds one of the above FSMO roles are detailed below:

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Check FSMO Roles in Server 2016: Check RID, PDC and Infrastructure Master Role Holders

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Here are the steps to check the Domain Controller holding RID, PDC and Infrastructure Master Roles:

  • Login to a Domain Controller and open Server Manager.
  • From Server Manager, click Tools. Then select Active Directory Users and Computers.
check fsmo roles server 2016
  • When Active Directory Users and Computers opens, right-click your AD domain name. Then click Operations Masters
check fsmo roles server 2016
  • Operations Masters has 3 tabs. The first is RID. In this tab you will see the DC that holds this FSMO role. In my example, it is DCSRV1. To check the DC holding PDC and Infrastructure roles, click the tabs.

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Check FSMO Roles in Server 2016: Check Domain Naming Master Role Holder

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To check the Domain Controller that holds the Domain Naming Master FSMO role:

  • From Server Manager, click Tools. Then select Active Directory Domains and Trusts.
  • When AD Domains and Trusts opens, right-click Active Directory Domains and Trusts for your domain. Then click Operations Master
  • The DC holding this role is displayed

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Check FSMO Roles in Server 2016: Check Schema Master Role Holder

Checking the DC holding the Schema Master role is not as straightforward. Here are the steps (Perform the tasks from a DC):

  • From a command prompt type the command below. Then press enter
regsvr32 schmmgmt.dll 

The command registers the AD Schema snap-in. In the next steps, you will open AD schema in a MMC then view the DC that holds the Schema master role.

Check FSMO Roles in Server 2016: Check Schema Master  Role Holder
  • To open a MMC, type Windows logo + R keys together. This will open Run command.
  • At Run command type MMC. Then click OK.
Check FSMO Roles in Server 2016: Check Schema Master  Role Holder
  • At MMC, click File and click Add/Remove Snap-in
  • Locate and highlight Active Directory Schema. Then click Add. Finally, click OK (See the second image below).
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  • Beneath Console Root, click on Active Directory Schema [<your-dmain-name>]. Then right-click it and select Operations Master...
  • There is the DC holding the Schema Master FSMO role!

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Check FSMO Role Holders with NTDSUtil Command

You can also check the DCs holding FSMO roles using NTDSUtil command line tool.

Here are the steps:

  • Login to a DC in your domain. Then open Command Prompt.
  • At command prompt, type the following commands in order. Press enter to execute each command.
NTDSUtil
Roles
Connections
Connect to Server <DC-Name>

Replace <DC-Name> with the name of the Domain Controller you wish to list its FSMO roles.

q
Select Operation target
list roles for connected server

The last command will list all the roles held by the server you connected to using the “Connect to Server <DC-Name>” command.

Conclusion

No matter your reason for wanting to determine which domain controller holds the FSMO roles in your network, this guide will help you get the information.

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