Can I found out which computer is the domain controller in Microsoft Windows?

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Inside of our company, we have several small networks that are used for testing and the majority of them have their own domain. I have a Windows XP workstation and I'm a member of one of the domains and I'm trying to figure out the name of the domain controller so I can see what other users are defined for the domain. We also have a mix of Windows Server 2000 and 2003 so I'm looking for a solution for both. I know I can download Windows PowerShell but I'm looking for something that I wouldn't have to download. Is there a way to do this?

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Netlogon queries DNS by using the IP/DNS compatible Locator that is, DsGetDcName calls the DnsQuery call to read the Service Resource SRV records and “A” records from DNS after it appends the domain name to the appropriate string that specifies the SRV records

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  • Genderhayes
    The Locator is initiated as an remote procedure call RPC to the local Netlogon service. The Locator DsGetDcName application programming interface API call is implemented by the Netlogon service.client collects the information that is needed to select a domain controller and passes the information to the Netlogon service by using the GetDcName call Netlogon service on the client uses the collected information to look up a domain controller for the specified domain
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