Windows Server role transfer

Posted on 2011-02-10
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
How to transfer roles in case of main Domain controller is down.
Question by:paramjitkakakr

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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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Mike Kline earned 500 total points
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If the DC that holds the FSMO roles goes permanently down then use the steps that Raw provided for seizing.

If that happens you also need to cleanup that old DC from AD using the "metadata cleanup" process

The key here is that the server is permanently down.  If the DC is only down temporarily then do not take these steps.



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

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Using ntdsutil command utility you can transfer the FSMO roles.

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Moderator, this question has been answered.
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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.

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