Transfer FSMO Roles from one DC to another

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Transferring the RID Master, PDC Emulator, and Infrastructure Masters

To Transfer the Domain-Specific RID Master, PDC Emulator, and Infrastructure Master FSMO Roles:

1. Open the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in from the Administrative Tools folder.

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

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

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

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

6. Press OK to confirm the change.

7. Press OK all the way out.


Transferring the Domain Naming Master

To Transfer the Domain Naming Master Role:

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

2. 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.

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

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

5. Press the Change button.

6. Press OK to confirm the change.

7. Press OK all the way out.


Transferring the Schema Master

To Transfer the Schema Master Role:

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

regsvr32 schmmgmt.dll

02. Press OK. You should receive a success confirmation.

03. From the Run command open an MMC Console by typing MMC.

04. On the Console menu, press Add/Remove Snap-in.

05. Press Add. Select Active Directory Schema.

06. Press Add and press Close. Press OK.

07. 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.

08. Press Specify .... and type the name of the new role holder. Press OK.

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

10. Press the Change button.

11. Press OK all the way out.