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2008 R2 Active Directory: Transfer PDC Emulator FSMO and External Time Source Sync

Hi, we're planning to decommision a DC that currently holds all the FSMO roles.  We will be transferring all 5 roles to a single DC, which includes the PDC Emulator.  The existing PDC Emulator is configured to sync time with an external time source.  Does anyone have steps on what needs to be done on the future PDC emulator?  Thanks.
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Sarang Tinguria

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Michael Ortega

Another note, if you no longer have any Server 2008 or prior version DC's make sure to raise your forest functional level to 2008 R2, so you can take full advantage of a 2008 R2 active directory environment.

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Mike Kline

Unless you notice your FSMO role holder is overloaded you can put them all on the same box.  That article is a bit dated.

Is this box also a DNS server?  If it is make sure clients are pointing to the new DC/DNS for DNS (both static and DHCP clients)

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Thanks Mike, it is a DNS/DHCP server as well and I'm running Network Monitor to see what is connecting to it via DNS.  Is there any particular order you would recommend transferring the FSMO roles?  Thanks.
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There is no set defined order just make sure you get them all. I would not demote the old DC until you're certain you have all clients accessing the new DC for DNS.

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