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What hapens to fsmo roles if primary server goes down

If you have two domain controllers DCPrimary (primary domain controller) and DCSecondary, what happens to the FSMO roles if DCPrimary goes down? Will you be able to make DCSecondary take up the FSMO roles somehow, and become primary domain controller?
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
Yes, you can seize roles in the rent of an unplanned failure and the server isms unrecoverable fro, backup. I'd be concerned about my DR strategy in such a case, but it is doable.

Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
If the FSMO role holder fails, you DO NOT want to seize the roles.  The domain can function perfectly fine for several days, or even weeks.  It depends how large the domain is.  

If the server can be recovered, then recover it.  If not, MAKE SURE YOU NEVER DO.  THEN you can seize the roles.
bobox00Author Commented:
Thanks much!
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