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Just want a confirmation ...

I have an existing DC/GC (Win Srv 2003) and an addtional DC/GC (Win Srv 2008) in the same domain in that forest. I just want to confirm that there is no need to transfer any FSMO roles (including Domain Naming Master role, schema master, Specific RID Master, PDC Emulator, and Infrastructure Master FSMO Roles) to my additional Domain Controller (Win Srv 2008)  ?? From my understanding, I think the answer is NO.

In case if my primary DC goes down, then my additional DC will act as a backup, in that case do I loose anything if I hadn't transferred the FSMO roles ?

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Yes, both are DC and actually ive tested by making the primary DC go down, clients are able to log into their accounts and use web just fine.
Basically, initially me and my boss planned to move the DC to a new server and we had created a document in which we wrote the procedure to move the fsmo roles across. Definetly in that scenario, FSMO roles would need to be moved across. But now for some management reason, we are using another server as an additional DC which will come into play only when this DC goes down (and we anticipating this DC to go down for 2-3 days). So I dont think I'd need to move FSMO roles. Out of curiosity, can I (if yes, how) move the fsmo roles. I read some theory and it said there can be only one schema master, Specific RID Master, PDC Emulator, etc at a time ?

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