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Recently I had three active directory servers on a network that composed three independent sites in three different cities.  The one AD server that acted as the operations master, crashed and I have since been using the AD servers in the other locations.  I am not planning on bringing up a new AD server in the location that this one was at as I am scaling back this office and will be operating everything off of the two that I have in the other sites.  I need to change the Operations Master role over to one of the other existing AD servers and am wondering if I make this change how will affect my existing configuration.  Is it as simple as selecting the Operations Master and then selecting "Change"?  

Any insight would be helpful!
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Use Ntdsutil.exe to transfer or seize FSMO roles to a domain controller

Seize FSMO roles
To seize the FSMO roles by using the Ntdsutil utility, follow these steps:

1. Log on to a Windows 2000 Server-based or Windows Server 2003-based member computer or domain controller that is located in the forest where FSMO roles are being seized. We recommend that you log on to the domain controller that you are assigning FSMO roles to. The logged-on user should be a member of the Enterprise Administrators group to transfer schema or domain naming master roles, or a member of the Domain Administrators group of the domain where the PDC emulator, RID master and the Infrastructure master roles are being transferred.  

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

3. Type roles, and then press ENTER.  

4. Type connections, and then press ENTER.

5. 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.

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

7. 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.  

8. 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.
 
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/255504/en-us
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