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FSMO Transfer Roles from Win 2003 to 2008

Posted on 2009-05-17
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We have a Windows 2003 server that holds all the network roles such as FSMO, RID, etc. in the domain. We just got a Windows 2008 server & I want to transfer ALL the roles from the Windows 2003 server to the Windows 2008 server after I DCPROMO the 2008 server in as a domain comtroller. My first question is, is this article http://support.microsoft.com/kb/324801 still valid for me to transfer from 2003 to 2008 server? My second question is, about how much down time am I looking at on both servers for this process? If someone can point me to another article explaining this process step by step that would be great. Thanks
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The process of moving FSMO's is the same for 2008 as it was for 2003, so the MS article you have is still good.

However, here's a article by Daniel Petri that's a little more "well written" and is our reference here in our support center...

http://www.petri.co.il/transferring_fsmo_roles.htm
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Oh, forgot to mention the potential down time...

It's negligible - about as long as it takes to transfer each of the roles and will have minimal impact on the function of your AD.  The only snag you might hit would be replication of the FSMO changes to DC's across a WAN link...  Regardless, I would do this after hours, just for safety sake.  Even the simplest things can go awry sometimes (read as - get a good backup of a DC's system state, just in case).

Good Luck
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