Finding the Site for a Client






Finding the Site for a Client

Problem

You want to find which site a client computer is located in.

Solution

Using a command-line interface

In the following command, replace <HostName> with the name of the host you want to find the site for:

	> nltest /server:<HostName> /DsGetSite

You'll use the /server:<HostName> parameter even if you are specifying a client computer.


Using VBScript

Although you cannot use it directly from a scripting language like VBScript, Microsoft provides a DsGetSiteName method that can be used by languages such as Visual Basic and C++ to retrieve site coverage information. In fact, the nltest command shown in the CLI solution is a wrapper around this method.

The IADsTool interface provides a wrapper around this method:

	set objIadsTools = CreateObject("IADsTools.DCFunctions")
	strSite = objIadsTools.DsGetSiteName("<HostName>")
	Wscript.Echo "Site: " & strSite

Discussion

Each domain controller has a server object that is contained within a site. Clients are differentthey are associated with a site based on their IP address and the corresponding subnet that it matches is in the Subnets container. The client site information is important because it determines the domain controller the client authenticates with. If the client's IP address does not match the subnet range of any of the subnets stored in Active Directory, it will randomly pick a site to use, which means it could authenticate against any domain controller in the domain. See Recipe 12.28 for a way to hardcode the site association for a client.

See Also

Recipe 12.28 for forcing a host into a particular site, MS KB 247811 (How Domain Controllers Are Located in Windows), and MSDN: DsGetSiteName



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