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FSMO Role Transfer from 2003 DC to 2008 R2 DC

Posted on 2012-12-27
Last Modified: 2012-12-28
We have a single forest/single domain and would like to transfer all 5 FSMO roles from a 2003 SP1 domain controller to a 2008 R2 domain controller.  Is there anything we need to keep an eye out for or any gotchas when performing this change?  We also have Exchange and System Center Configuration Manager in the environment.  Thanks.
Question by:bsohn417
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Should not be an issue - just transfer the roles in the normal way
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by:Mike Kline
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Just make sure the health of your DCs/replication is working fine before and after.  You can use repadmin or the ad replication status tool. (nice GUI tool)

It should be fine.



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Thanks guys.  Any order you would recommend doing them in?
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by:Thomas Grassi
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Which version of exchange you have?

Check for event Id 2080 to check for the Global Catalog.

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Exchange 2003, 2007 and 2010.
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Mike Kline earned 500 total points
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damn, one thing I forgot, if your current PDCe is set to sync with an external time source make sure to do that on the new PDC too.


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by:Leon Fester
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As mentioned above it's a straight forward process can be done via GUI or command line.

In addition to the time sync'ing from the PDCe, also make sure that your DC is a Global Catalog server.

When a forest consists of a single domain, every domain controller has a full, writable copy of every object in the domain and forest. However, it is important to retain the global catalog on at least one domain controller because many applications use port 3268 for searching. For example, if you do not have any global catalog servers, the Search command on the Start menu cannot locate objects in AD DS.


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