Determining FSMO Role Holders via GUI

How can I determine who are the current FSMO Roles holders in my domain/forest?

Windows 2000/2003/2008 Active Directory domains utilize a Single Operation Master method called FSMO (Flexible Single Master Operation)

The five FSMO roles are:

  • Schema master – Forest-wide and one per forest.
  • Domain naming master – Forest-wide and one per forest.
  • RID master – Domain-specific and one for each domain.
  • PDC – PDC Emulator is domain-specific and one for each domain.
  • Infrastructure master – Domain-specific and one for each domain.
  • Finding the RID Master, PDC Emulator, and Infrastructure Masters via GUI

    To find out who currently holds the Domain-Specific RID Master, PDC Emulator, and Infrastructure Master FSMO Roles:

      Open the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in from the Administrative Tools folder.
      Right-click the Active Directory Users and Computers icon again and press Operation Masters.

      Select the appropriate tab for the role you wish to view.

      When you’re done click Close.

    Finding the Domain Naming Master via GUI

    To find out who currently holds the Domain Naming Master Role:

      Open the Active Directory Domains and Trusts snap-in from the Administrative Tools folder.
      Right-click the Active Directory Domains and Trusts icon again and press Operation Masters.

      When you’re done click Close.

    Finding the Schema Master via GUI

    To find out who currently holds the Schema Master Role:

      Register the Schmmgmt.dll library by pressing Start > RUN and typing:

    regsvr32 schmmgmt.dll

      Press OK. You should receive a success confirmation.
      From the Run command open an MMC Console by typing MMC.
      On the Console menu, press Add/Remove Snap-in.
      Press Add. Select Active Directory Schema.
      Press Add and press Close. Press OK.
      Click the Active Directory Schema icon. After it loads right-click it and press Operation Masters.

    That should be all you need to do to figure out who currently holds your FSMO roles.

    Leave a Reply


    *