Feb 222008
 


If you miss the part1 of this tutorial check here .In part2 we will see how to transfer FSMO (Flexible Single Master Operations) Roles from Windows server 2000 to Windows Server 2003

6. Transfer FSMO roles and GC from win server 2000 to win server 2003

a) Transfer the FSMO Roles to the new server.

(For more information, check this MS article )

There are 5 FSMO roles: Domain naming Master, Schema Master, RID Master, PDC Emulator and Infrastructure Master. There must be a domain controller that owns each one of those roles. These roles can be transferred to another Domain Controller either by using the MMC GUI tool or by using the ntdsutil.exe command line utility. Here are the steps to transfer FSMO roles by using the MMC tool:

Transferring RID, PDC, and Infrastructure Master roles:

  • Click Start, point to Programs, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Active Directory Users and Computers.
  • Right-click the icon next to Active Directory Users and Computers, and then click Connect to Domain Controller.

Note: If you are not on the domain controller where you want to transfer the role, you need to take this step. It is not necessary if you are connected to the domain controller whose role you want to transfer.

  • Click the domain controller, which will be the new role holder, and then click OK.
  • Right-click Active Directory Users and Computers icon and then click Operation Masters.
  • In the Change Operations Master dialog box, click the appropriate tab (RID, PDC, or Infrastructure) for the role you want to transfer. You need to transfer all the 3 roles.
  • Click Change in the Change Operations Master dialog box.
  • Click OK to confirm that you want to transfer the role.
  • Click OK.
  • Click Cancel to close the dialog box.

Transferring the Domain Naming Master role:

  • Click Start, point to Programs, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Active Directory Domains and Trusts.
  • Right-click the Active Directory Domains and Trusts icon, and then click Connect to Domain Controller.

Note: If you are not on the domain controller where you want to transfer the role, you need to take this step. It is not necessary if you are connected to the domain controller whose role you want to transfer.

  • Click the domain controller that will be the new role holder, and then click OK.
  • Right-click Active Directory Domains and Trusts, and then click Operation Masters.
  • In the Change Operations Master dialog box: click Change.
  • Click OK to confirm that you want to transfer the role.
  • Click OK.
  • Click Cancel to close the dialog box.

Transferring the Schema Master Role:

You can use the Schema Master tool to transfer the role. However, the Schmmgmt.dll dynamic-link library must be registered in order to make the Schema tool available as an MMC snap-in.

Registering the Schema Tool:

  • Click Start, and then click Run.
  • Type regsvr32 schmmgmt.dll, and then click OK. A message should be displayed stating that the registration was successful.

Transferring the Schema Master Role:

  • Click Start, click run, type mmc, and then click OK.
  • On the Console menu click Add/Remove Snap-in.
  • Click Add.
  • Click Active Directory Schema.
  • Click Add.
  • Click Close to close the Add Standalone Snap-in dialog box.
  • Click OK to add the snap-in to the console.
  • Right-click the Active Directory Schema icon, and then click Change Domain Controller.

Note: If you are not on the domain controller where you want to transfer the role, you need to take this step. It is not necessary if you are connected to the domain controller whose role you want to transfer.

  • Click Specify Domain Controller, type the name of the domain controller that will be the new role holder, and then click OK.
  • Right-click Active Directory Schema and then click Operation Masters.
  • In the Change Schema Master dialog box: click Change.
  • Click OK.
  • Click OK.
  • Click Cancel to close the dialog box.

Transfer the Global Catalogue role:

  • Click Start, point to Programs, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Active Directory Sites and Services.
  • Under sites, expand your site name, then Servers and then your server name so that you can see NTDS Settings. Now right click on the NTDS Settings under the server that you want to demote (Win2K) and choose properties, in the window that appears, un-check Global Catalog and click OK.
  • Now right click on the NTDS Settings under the server that you want to promote (Win2K3) and choose properties, in the window that appears, check Global Catalog and click OK.
  • After making these changes wait about fifteen minutes till the Global Catalog replicates between domain controllers, after it you can continue with further configurations.

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  3 Responses to “Transfer FSMO (Flexible Single Master Operations) Roles from Windows server 2000 to Windows Server 2003 (Part2)”

  1. very nice guide, this will help a lot to troubleshoot our problems.
    you should also consider “Using the new Microsoft® Windows Server™ 2003 services of Volume Shadow Copy Service and Virtual Disk Service,” at

  2. Very good abstraction. thanks a lot.

  3. Hi there,

    It seems that its a very helpful tutorial
    I will use it in the next coming days
    hopefully i will not face any difficulty

    Thanks indeed
    wish you the best

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