How to promote Active Directory FSMO to another server..
Posted on 2004-08-30
i have a scenario where in ther is one server which is working as a Active DC (Only one domain name on single machine)with a Exchange mail server 2000 Installed. I want to replicate these services to another server just to check the BAckup restoration process i.e. it works or no.But i dont have a Identical hardware hence i cannot restrore the System state backup from the working machine to the backup machine..
Hence i decided to first connect the another machine as a Additonal domain controller to the Main server and then after the System state gets replicated by active directory remove the backup server and make it to work as Master and then load exchange and try the backup process...
Now here my worry is whenever i try to switch the Mater role for the Five operations i.e. Schema master,Domain namiing master,RId master,Infrastructure master, PDC emulator master..it searches for the main domain controller first for the FSMO...But i am worried that if i connect the backup server to the main network and then switch the FSMO then my main server will go down...which i dont want to happen and neither i can take any chance as the backup is not tested yet.
How can i do this ? what are th possible ways to do it ? is there is anyother safe way i can try?
Regards and thnaks