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
... 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.