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Windows Server role transfer

How to transfer roles in case of main Domain controller is down.
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That's all you need. Simply seize the roles make your DC the authority and off you go. has a lot more on this but that KB should get you going.

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If your DC is completely down , then you have to seize the FSMO roles using


Using ntdsutil command utility you can transfer the FSMO roles.

Tushar Kaskhedikar
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you need to understand that it a DC is only doen for a short time,...the real answer is, don't transfer anything!

You only seize (not transfer) roles when the problem dc is permanently down,...I'm not sure if anyone reallty made that clear.