I have set up a new 2003 server as and additional DC on our network. I would like to transfer the FSMO roles to the new server and leave the old server as a secondary DC, as it is running MS Exchange server. However, when I got to transfer all of the FSMO roles, it continually gives me an error that the current FSMO holder cannot be contacted. These are the errors that I get:
The transfer of the operations master role cannot be performed because:
The requested FSMO operation failed. The current FSMO holder could not be contacted.
This computer is a non-replication partner. Transferring the PDC role to this computer may cause a full sync on all NT4BDCs. Do you want to continue with this transfer?
DC1.<domainname>.com is a global catalog (GC) server. The infrastructure operations master role should not be transferred to a GC server. Please see help for more information.
Are you are certain you want to transfer the infrastructure operations master role to this GC server? <YES> <NO>
Also, when I go into the MMC and use the Active Directory Schema tool and try to switch over the domain controller, it works fine, but when i try to transfer the Operations Master, it gives me the same error that the current FSMO holder cannot be contacted.
I DO NOT want to seize the roles because if I do, I have to take the other DC off the network and that is NOT an option for me, as MS Exchange server is running on it and we have been unable to find the CD to be able to reinstall.
(Both servers are GCs, does this cause a problem and does it need to be shut off on one or both before transferring roles?)
Can someone please give me some guidance as to what may be going wrong and what I can do to correct this problem? Thanks!