Active Directory: Transfer Active Directory FSMO Roles

We are in the process of upgrading our domain controllers from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. This also requires some changes in hardware because one of our servers since Windows Server 2008 R2 is a 64-bit operating system.

The process of upgrading required that we transfer the Active Directory FSMO roles around from one server to the next. This was a pretty easy task to accomplish and can be done a couple of different ways. I chose to use NTDSUTIL to complete this task using the following commands:

C:\Users\Administrator>netdom query /domain:domain fsmo
Schema master oldservername.domain.com
Domain naming master oldservername.domain.com
PDC oldservername.domain.com
RID pool manager oldservername.domain.com
Infrastructure master oldservername.domain.com
The command completed successfully.

C:\Users\Administrator>ntdsutil

ntdsutil: roles

fsmo maintenance: connections

server connections: connect to server servername
Binding to servername ...
Connected to servername using credentials of locally logged on user.

server connections: q

fsmo maintenance: select operation target

select operation target: list roles for connected server
Server "servername" knows about 5 roles
Schema - CN=NTDS Settings,CN=oldservername,CN=Servers,CN=sitename,CN=Sites,CN=Configuration,DC=domain,DC=com
Naming Master - CN=NTDS Settings,CN=oldservername,CN=Servers,CN=sitename,CN=Sites,CN=Configuration,DC=domain,DC=com
PDC - CN=NTDS Settings,CN=oldservername,CN=Servers,CN=sitename,CN=Sites,CN=Configuration,DC=domain,DC=com
RID - CN=NTDS Settings,CN=oldservername,CN=Servers,CN=sitename,CN=Sites,CN=Configuration,DC=domain,DC=com
Infrastructure - CN=NTDS Settings,CN=oldservername,CN=Servers,CN=sitename,CN=Sites,CN=Configuration,DC=domain,DC=com

fsmo maintenance: transfer infrastructure master

fsmo maintenance: transfer naming master

fsmo maintenance: transfer rid master

fsmo maintenance: transfer schema master

fsmo maintenance: transfer PDC

fsmo maintenance: q

ntdsutil: q

C:\Users\Administrator>netdom query /domain:domain fsmo
Schema master newservername.domain.com
Domain naming master newservername.domain.com
PDC newservername.domain.com
RID pool manager newservername.domain.com
Infrastructure master newservername.domain.com
The command completed successfully.

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