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What order do I transer the FSMO roles when moving them to my backup DC?

Posted on 2008-10-06
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I would like to ask ... I am in the middle of removing my FSMO DC for a rebuild. I would like to transfer the FSMO roles. However, no matter what article I read
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/324801
http://www.petri.co.il/transferring_fsmo_roles.htm

... None of them tell me what the correct order is to execute the transfer of the roles. Would an expert be so kind as to let me in on this little secret?

     I am familiar with the ntdsutil.exe command line tool. I created a dev environment and tested a transfer there. I started with the Schema (yes ... registered schmmgmt.dll and tried the snap in first) ... that was the order in the above MS KB ... followed by DNM, RID, PDC and IM. This caused my test domain to go unavailable ["There is no domain controller available for the domain you are trying to connect to"] when I rebooted. I was able to boot the test DC/GC box but the other two servers were unable to connect to the domain. This, in turn, forced me to kill the DC and seize the roles (in the order presented in the MS KB) to the secondary DC. Short of the metadata ... it worked like a champ and I have complete control over the dev environment again. I know this is not the right way. I want to do it right, please help.

Naerwen
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The secret is .... there is no secret - it really does not matter in which order the roles are moved.
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KCTS,
That said. ... This is probably a dumb question or two ... but this is my first rodeo with moving DC/GCs around ...
Should I have all the users off line when I do this?
And also ... should I check the GC box on the backup DC and force replication before I transfer the roles? <=== Pretty sure I will want to if I am taking the old DC offline, right?
Once again, thank you ... a million times, thank you.
Naerwen
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>>check the GC box on the backup DC<<

its a good idea always to have at least two GCs available all of the time for redundancy - same with DNS - make sure both DCs also have DNS installed and that clients are configure with the IPs of both.
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KCTS is excellent as an expert. The consistantly correct answers are of great value that I can not get anywhere else. Thank you ... yet, again. Naerwen
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Many thanks for your kind comments
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