Windows 2012 -- FSMO Role monitoring ?

Posted on 2014-08-12
Last Modified: 2014-08-21
states "no immediate consequences to an FSMO role failure,
but some rather strange symptoms will develop later on
if the problem is not corrected"

What under $500 monitoring software
will notify me if FSMO roles fail ?
Question by:finance_teacher
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    When a DC with one of the FSMO roles disappears, the other DCs will log errors. Or if the DC doesn't disappear, but itself has issues, it'll log events as well.  So really any basic event monitoring software will do the job. I could Bing/Google (Bingle) that for you, but it'd be a waste of my time and yours. So in the realm of totally personal opinion (which is basically what you asked) ....Spiceworks.

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    by:Seth Simmons
    What under $500 monitoring software will notify me if FSMO roles fail ?

    FSMO roles don't fail; the server fails

    depending on what role it is, may not have any affect at all
    if a server that is the schema master fails, it has no affect until you try to install a new domain controller of a newer windows version for the first time or try to install exchange or an exchange update/service pack.  RID/PDC however you would see affect much sooner since those roles are more involved

    part 7 of the article you cited states:
    It is important however for you to know which domain controllers host these roles.

    if you know what server has what roles, then if the server goes down for good, you can seize them easily

    Using Ntdsutil.exe to transfer or seize FSMO roles to a domain controller

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