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How to Check Which Domain Controller a Workstation Connects To

Apr 24

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Tue, 24 Apr 2012 19:36:11 GMT  RssIcon

In Windows environments - the Domain Controller is at the heart of the network, controlling authenticaton for user access via Active Directory. It's very common for more than 1 Domain Controller to be active in a network for redundancy. To troubleshoot networking problems you may want to know which Server / Domain Controller a user or workstation is logging See this Wiki for article for full defintion of a Domain Controller in Windows.

Wether it's Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 - the following command will give you the relevant information:

Step 1: Click the Start button and type 'CMD' into the search box and hit enter. This opens a command prompt.


Step 2: Enter the following echo %logonserver% into the command prompt and press Enter  - the Windows Server name of the Domain Controller used by that workstation to login/authenticate is displayed - i.e \\PassionServer


Step 3: In the Command prompt type the following: echo username %logonserver% (replace username with an actual domain user account) and press Enter. This displays the logon server for the specified user on that Workstation.

 

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