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Check Active Directory forest and domain functional level

Which AD forest and domain functional level are you running in the organization? Are you on the latest version? In this article, you will learn how to check the forest and domain functional level.

Check forest and domain functional level with GUI

To find the AD forest and domain functional level with GUI, follow these steps:

1. Sign in to the Domain Controller.

2. Start Server Manager.

3. Click on Tools > Active Directory Domains and Trusts.

Check forest and domain functional level server manager

4. Right-click the domain and click on Properties.

Check forest and domain functional level AD properties

5. In the General tab, the Domain functional level and Forest functional level appear.

Check forest and domain functional level info

Check forest functional level with PowerShell

Find the AD forest functional level with PowerShell.

Run PowerShell as administrator and run the Get-ADForest cmdlet.

PS C:\> Get-ADForest | fl Name, ForestMode

Name       : exoip.local
ForestMode : Windows2016Forest

Check domain functional level with PowerShell

Find the AD domain functional level with PowerShell.

Run PowerShell as administrator and run the Get-ADDomain cmdlet.

PS C:\> Get-ADDomain | fl Name, DomainMode

Name       : exoip
DomainMode : Windows2016Domain

Get forest and domain functional level with PowerShell script

An excellent way to get the AD forest and domain functional level is to run the Get-ADInfo.ps1 PowerShell script. This will show the Active Directory forest and functional level and more information about your Active Directory.

PS C:\> cd C:\scripts
PS C:\scripts> .\Get-ADinfo.ps1

Active Directory Info

Computers =     8
Workstions =    3
Servers =       5
Users =         5143
Groups =        88

Active Directory Forest Name =   exoip.local
Active Directory Forest Mode =   Windows2016Forest
Active Directory Domain Mode =   Windows2016Domain
Active Directory Schema Version is 88 which corresponds to Windows Server 2019/Windows Server 2022

FSMO Role Owners
Schema master               DC01-2019.exoip.local
Domain naming master        DC01-2019.exoip.local
PDC                         DC01-2019.exoip.local
RID pool manager            DC01-2019.exoip.local
Infrastructure master       DC01-2019.exoip.local
The command completed successfully.

That’s it!

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Conclusion

You learned how to check forest and domain functional level. You can get the forest and domain functional level with the GUI or PowerShell. I recommend using the Get-ADInfo.ps1 PowerShell script because this will show you more AD information.

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ALI TAJRAN

ALI TAJRAN

ALI TAJRAN is a passionate IT Architect, IT Consultant, and Microsoft Certified Trainer. He started Information Technology at a very young age, and his goal is to teach and inspire others. Read more »

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