Transferring FSMO Roles

To Transfer the Domain Naming Master Role:

Open the Active Directory Domains and Trusts snap-in from the Administrative Tools folder.

If you are NOT logged onto the target domain controller, in the snap-in, right-click the icon next to Active Directory Domains and Trusts and press Connect to Domain Controller.

Select the domain controller that will be the new role holder and press OK.

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

Press the Change button.

Press OK to confirm the change.

Press OK all the way out.

Transferring the Schema Master via GUI

To Transfer the Schema Master Role:

Register the Schmmgmt.dll library by pressing Start > RUN and typing:

regsvr32 schmmgmt.dll

  1. Press OK. You should receive a success confirmation.
  2. From the Run command open an MMC Console by typing MMC.
  3. On the Console menu, press Add/Remove Snap-in.
  4. Press Add. Select Active Directory Schema.
  5. Press Add and press Close. Press OK.
  6. If you are NOT logged onto the target domain controller, in the snap-in, right-click the Active Directory Schema icon in the Console Root and press Change Domain Controller.
  7. Press Specify …. and type the name of the new role holder. Press OK.
  8. Right-click right-click the Active Directory Schema icon again and press Operation Masters.
  9. Press the Change button.
  10. Press OK all the way out.

Transferring the FSMO Roles via Ntdsutil

To transfer the FSMO roles from the Ntdsutil command:

Caution: Using the Ntdsutil utility incorrectly may result in partial or complete loss of Active Directory functionality.

  1. On any domain controller, click Start, click Run, type Ntdsutil in the Open box, and then click OK.
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C:\WINDOWS>ntdsutil
ntdsutil:
  1. Type roles, and then press ENTER.
ntdsutil: roles
fsmo maintenance:

Note: To see a list of available commands at any of the prompts in the Ntdsutil tool, type ?, and then press ENTER.

  1. Type connections, and then press ENTER.
fsmo maintenance: connections
server connections:
  1. Type connect to server <servername>, where <servername> is the name of the server you want to use, and then press ENTER.
server connections: connect to server server100
Binding to server100 ...
Connected to server100 using credentials of locally logged on user.
server connections:
  1. At the server connections: prompt, type q, and then press ENTER again.
server connections: q
fsmo maintenance:
  1. Type transfer <role>. where <role> is the role you want to transfer.

For example, to transfer the RID Master role, you would type transfer rid master:

Options are:

Transfer domain naming master
Transfer infrastructure master
Transfer PDC
Transfer RID master
Transfer schema master
  1. You will receive a warning window asking if you want to perform the transfer. Click on Yes.
  2. After you transfer the roles, type q and press ENTER until you quit Ntdsutil.exe.
  3. Restart the server and make sure you update your backup.

via Transferring FSMO Roles.

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