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Verify domain membership for a new domain controller

Updated: March 2, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

This test verifies that a new domain controller has successfully become a member of the domain.

Administrative Credentials

To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Domain Users group.

To verify domain membership for a new domain controller

  1. Open a Command Prompt.

  2. On a Windows Server 2003 computer, type the following command, and then press ENTER:

    netdiag /test:member

    If the test was successful, you should see the following message: “Domain membership test passed.” If you use the /v option, it lists the name of the domain controller, its role, the name of the domain, and a number of other statistics about the new domain controller.

    On a Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server® 2008 R2 computer, type the following command, and then press ENTER:

    nltest /dsgetdc: <domain name>

    If the test was successful, you should see the domain name in the list of returned results and the message: “The command completed successfully.”

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