Recipe 3.28 Finding the PDC Emulator FSMO Role Owner via DNS

3.28.1 Problem

You want to find the PDC Emulator for a domain using DNS.

3.28.2 Solution Using a command-line interface
> nslookup -type=SRV _ldap._tcp.pdc._msdcs.<DomainDNSName>

3.28.3 Discussion

The PDC Emulator FSMO role is the only FSMO role that is stored in DNS. Like many of the other Active Directory-related DNS records, the PDC record is stored as an SRV record under _ldap._tcp.pdc._msdcs.<DomainDNSName> where <DomainDNSName> is the domain the PDC is in.

3.28.4 See Also

Recipe 3.21 for finding domain controllers via DNS

Active Directory Cookbook
Active Directory Cookbook, 3rd Edition
ISBN: 0596521103
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2006
Pages: 456

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