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FSMO move from 2003 Standard to 2012 Standard

I used the article below to transfer the FSMO roles from a 2003 to a 2012 server (I only have these 2 servers on the domain).  I am getting stuck on Active Directory Schema, Change  Active Directory Domain Controller.  When selecting the 2012 server and the option to Change  "This Domain Controller or AD LDS instance", I get a popup "Active Directory Schema snap-in is not connected to the schema operations master.  You will not be able to perform any changes.  Schema modifications can only be made on the schema FSMO holder"

When I expand "Active Directory Schema" it lists two folders, Classes and Atributes.  AD Users and Computers as well as AD Domains and Trusts list the domain (ie domain.local)

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Rob StoneCommented:
Type 'netdom query fsmo' to confirm the schema is still active on the old DC.

You may want to try transferring the role from the 2003 server if it's erroring on 2012.

2003 KB for FSMO roles:
Radhakrishnan RSenior Technical LeadCommented:

As per microsoft, if you see the Sign (+) to expand the hive, and then connect the snap-in to the Operations Master. After the hive has been expanded, the Operations Master can be contacted. Then you will be able to transfer.

I hope you have registered the dll in order to view schema snap in? start>>run>>regsvr32 schmmgmt.dll

Also, the prompt "Active "Directory Schema snap-in is not connected to the schema operations master" seems to be OK, you can leave this and transfer the role.
Sarang TinguriaSr EngineerCommented:
You need to perform this operation from old DC which is currently Schema master
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Mike KlineCommented:
He needs to do it from the 2012 box.  I'll take some screenshots and post.


Mike KlineCommented:
Screenshots as promised.  This is from the 2012 DC that I want to make the schema master

Error - this is ok and normal
Sarang TinguriaSr EngineerCommented:
Thanks for correcting Mike..theese kind of comments comes when  commentor is in night shift and not slept for past whole day.. :-(
Mike KlineCommented:
I definitely understand the night shift.  Did that for a few years.  Hope you get off soon and get some sleep :)
SandeshdubeySenior Server EngineerCommented:
In addition dont foreget to configure authorative time server role on PDC role holder server.

Also ensure client dns are point to new DC as well assuming that DNS role is installed on new DC.

You can also use ntdsutil command to transfer the roles.http://www.petri.co.il/transferring_fsmo_roles.htm
howmad2Author Commented:
Excellent.  Thank you for all your help.
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