Windows Domain Controllers - Master

Posted on 2011-10-06
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
Hi All,

I am not really up-to-speed with the changes in 2003 -> 2008 Server domain controllers, I have a mix of both 2003 R2 & 2008 R2, how do I determine which server holds the schema master and must be backed up... I only have one Domain Controller Backup Exec license and know that there is a Primary somewhere....

Sorry to be vague!

Question by:techmiss
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    Here is an article that will tell you how to find the FMSO Owner.

    This link will also prove usefull.
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    To identify roles just do

    netdom query fsmo

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    by:Darius Ghassem
    Neilsr posted the proper command

    netdom query fsmo will help determine what roles each DC holds

    Here are some other ways as well

    Really all of your Domain Controllers need to be backed up because if you have a DC that falls out of replication you can lose data that was added to this DC. What you should do is backup all DCs. You can do a simple System State backup and keep it on a network drive some where.

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    Hi All,

    Two questions.

    1) How do I add the Active Directory Schema snap in.
    2) netdom command is not recongised on my this also an add-on?

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    by:Darius Ghassem
    You need to install netdom or support tools.

    You can go to the run command type mmc then from here you can add snap in
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    by:Darius Ghassem
    If you look in the link I posted there are some additional detailed instructions

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