We inheritied a file server that has permissions from a domain I do not recognize (e.g.,
I suspect this might be a domain that has since been retired. How could I confirm that the domain is not active?
It may be a NetBIOS name of a domain trust. Check current trusts with the following command:
The output will report all trusted domains on a separate line. The output is formatted as follows, with the 0 being the line number:
The server's primary/native domain will be noted in the Other Attributes field as well.
Once you have the FQDN of the SCICENTER domain, then you can just try to resolve it through DNS and/or ping it.
Alternatively, you can also list all domain controllers that the computer knows of for a given domain name (NetBIOS or FQDN) using the following command:
Note: If you use the NetBIOS name, then you may only get the PDC for a trusted domain.
From that server you inherited: If you don't see it in DNS, and you can't make it respond via WINS, then even if it still existed, you can't reach it.
If it does respond, it still exists.
Here's a test - try adding a file permission and see if it will let you pick that domain from the GUI, and if any users populate when you query.