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Transferring FSMO Roles

Hey!

So it´s time to phase out a older DC and demote it?

Here´s a basic description of how to:

There is a total of 5 roles that needs to be transferd before demoting and uninstalling the DC roles on the existing DC:

  • RID master
  • PDC Emulator
  • Infrastructure master
  • Domain naming master
  • Schema master

 

 To confirm where the roles are located:

Start cmd.exe and type:
netdom query fsmo

Now you should get a list of all FSMO roles and witch server that holds the specific role:

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Stage 1:

Transfer RID Master, PDC Emulator, and Infrastructure Masters

 

Open the Active Directory Users and Computers

Right-click the Active Directory Users and Computers icon again and press Operation Masters.

Select the appropriate tab for the role you wish to transfer and press the Change button.

 

Stage 2:

Transfer Domain Naming Master Role

Open the Active Directory Domains and Trusts

Right-click the Active Directory Domains and Trusts icon again and press Operation Masters.

Press Change.

 

Stage 3:

 Transfer the Schema Master Role

 

RUN regsvr32 schmmgmt.dll , success confirmation

Open MMC and add Active Directory Schema

Right-click right-click the Active Directory Schema icon again and press Operation Masters.

Press the Change button.

 

Be sure to check that the new DC have Global Catalog and that it is synced before demoting the old DC.
You should of course deactivate GC before phasing out the old DC.