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Finding the PDC Emulator Role Owner with DNS

Updated: February 28, 2009

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

This topic explains how to use the Active Directory module for Windows PowerShell to find the primary domain controller (PDC) emulator operations master (also known as flexible single master operations or FSMO) role owner by using Domain Name System (DNS).

The following example demonstrates how to find the PDC emulator operations master role owner by using DNS:

Get-ADDomainController -Discover -Service PrimaryDC

For a full explanation of the parameters that you can pass to Get-ADDomainController, at the Active Directory module command prompt, type Get-Help Get-ADDomainController –detailed, and then press ENTER.

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