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Active Directory Server 2003 Operations Master is down.


I recently lost my operations master server. I have one additional server on site, ( I can create a user on it) and two others at a different site. All of the remaining servers are acting as DNS servers and global catalog servers. It looks like I have to transfer my PDC emulator to one of my working servers, as well as other roles.

I am concerned with which roles should go and the order they should be transferred in. Also, I am not clear on how to go through this process.
Please advise as soon as possible

Thank you in advance

Active DirectoryWindows Server 2003

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Sandesh Dubey

8/22/2022 - Mon
Seth Simmons

from the other domain controller, open command prompt and run netdom query fsmo and you will see what roles are on which server to find out which server they reside on and see which one needs to be relocated

follow this article; go to the seize fsmo roles section


doesn't matter which one you do first as long as you are able to relocate them - and be certain the old server isn't coming back or you might have issues with multiple servers having the same role

Thanks for the reply. Looks like the server that went down contains all the roles.

Schema owner                bretdc1fp.bretfordhq.local

Domain role owner           bretdc1fp.bretfordhq.local

PDC role                    bretdc1fp.bretfordhq.local

RID pool manager            bretdc1fp.bretfordhq.local

Infrastructure owner        bretdc1fp.bretfordhq.local

In this case, is it still ok to transfer all of these roles?

Thank you again for your reply
Seth Simmons

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Is there any harm in not moving the roles for a few days? I would like to do some additional reading so I am clear on the process.
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Looks like you can transfer roles via ad users and computers as well. Is command line the best way to go or can I use the snap in?

my apologies......in my case, I have to seize the roles since the server will no longer be in production or operational
Seth Simmons

yes you can transfer (not seize) using gui tools though it's easier from the command line since gui requires registering a dll and adding mmc snap-in manually - doable, just cumbersome

wouldn't recommend waiting very long to seize the roles since it could affect some services

the entire process would only take a couple minutes but a bit longer for it to replicate depending on how many other sites and domain controllers exist
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Thanks to all of you! I am going to give this a try now since it wont take to long.
I will let you know how things go.

Well I wen through the process, and I am having problems with users home directorys being mapped. Is this typical?
Sandesh Dubey

How is the home drive configured can you elaborate by scripts,GPP,etc.Can you post the printscreen of home drive policy.

Check the sysvol folder too and ensure that polcies and script folder is replicated.
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