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How to transfer or size FSMO roles (in Windows Server 2003 / R2 based Active Directory)

September 1, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Small about blog post about seizing and transferring FSMO roles ( It’s been long overdue like many others). These are just cuts from this Microsoft KB article. I just thought it would be better to “write” them out to my blog as a reminder for the future.

To Transfer FMSO roles:

Click Start, click Run, type ntdsutil in the Open box, and then click OK.

Type roles, and then press ENTER.
Note To see a list of available commands at any one of the prompts in the Ntdsutil utility, type ?, and then press ENTER.

Type connections, and then press ENTER.

Type connect to server servername, and then press ENTER, where servername is the name of the domain controller you want to assign the FSMO role to.

At the server connections prompt, type q, and then press ENTER.

Type transfer role, where role is the role that you want to transfer. For a list of roles that you can transfer, type ? at the fsmo maintenance prompt, and then press ENTER, or see the list of roles at the start of this article. For example, to transfer the RID master role, type transfer rid master. The one exception is for the PDC emulator role, whose syntax is transfer pdc, not transfer pdc emulator.

At the fsmo maintenance prompt, type q, and then press ENTER to gain access to the ntdsutil prompt. Type q, and then press ENTER to quit the Ntdsutil utility.

To seize FSMO roles:

Click Start, click Run, type ntdsutil in the Open box, and then click OK.

Type roles, and then press ENTER.

Type connections, and then press ENTER.

Type connect to server servername, and then press ENTER, where servername is the name of the domain controller that you want to assign the FSMO role to.

At the server connections prompt, type q, and then press ENTER.

Type seize role, where role is the role that you want to seize. For a list of roles that you can seize, type ? at the fsmo maintenance prompt, and then press ENTER, or see the list of roles at the start of this article. For example, to seize the RID master role, type seize rid master. The one exception is for the PDC emulator role, whose syntax is seize pdc, not seize pdc emulator.

At the fsmo maintenance prompt, type q, and then press ENTER to gain access to the ntdsutil prompt. Type q, and then press ENTER to quit the Ntdsutil utility.

 

-Eric

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