PDC emulator Master Roles

Hi,

We have a single Win 2003 domain with 3 DC's.  I am wanting to move the PDC emulator role from one to the other.

How do I go about this?
Also, is there anything else I need to move/change or be aware of?

Your help is greatly appreciated.

Nael_ShahidAsked:
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Khlept0Commented:
To Transfer the Domain-Specific RID Master, PDC Emulator, and Infrastructure Master FSMO Roles:

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

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.

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

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

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

Press OK to confirm the change.

Press OK all the way out.

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jwildingCommented:
If you are decomissioning the existing system, also check the Schema Master Role and the Domain Naming master role have moved.  Check Help on the W2K server for additional info on moving these.  Finally also make sure you have another GC (Global Catalog) server.

J
Nael_ShahidAuthor Commented:
I am looking to image one of the DCs which is the PDC emulator, so the idea is to move all master roles to another DC - take the imaged DC off the network - place the image on a new server - put this server back on the network - then transfer all roles back to the server.

Is there usually only one GC server in a single domain? if so I do I check this role?
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jwildingCommented:
There is always one GC, but you can (and generally should add others as you bring up additional DCs).  There has to be one, but as you bring up other DC's, they do not automatically become GCs, you have to do it manually.  Go into AD Sites & Services, expand the tree down to find your server, find the NTDS object beneath it and put a tick in the GC box.

J
Khlept0Commented:
In my experiences, I stay away from imaging DCs.  Especially one with a RID Master role.
jwildingCommented:
I'd agree with Khlept0 on that too.

J
Nael_ShahidAuthor Commented:
Even if I move all master roles off the DC before imaging?
jwildingCommented:
Yep.
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