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We are a small office. Finally upgraded our NT domain to Server 2003 using a temporary server. Once I got the new AD domain up and running I installed what will be the actual server which is running 2008 R2. I ran DCPROMO to add the 2008 serer to turn it into a domain controller. The new 2008 server is taking care of DNS and DHCP. When I look at the Domain Controllers in Active Directory Users and Computers they both have a DC Type of GC.
Is there anything I have to with the FSMO Roles before I retire the 2003 server?
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Question by:mberman1012
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by:Mahesh
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I believe that FSMO roles are on 2003 server
In that case you must transfer them to 2008 server

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by:RK
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Hi,

You will be OK to transfer the FSMO roles to the new 2k8 server and demote the old 2003 server.
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by:Nyaema
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the FSMO roles will be automatically transferred when you run DCPromo on the Windows Server 2003 Server.

Confirm that the 2008 server is a Global Catalogue Server.
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by:mberman1012
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Ok I transferred the Operations Masters roles (RID, PDC and Infrastructure) successfully. I tried to demote the 2003 server using DCPROMO and got the following:

Active Directory could not transfer the remaining data in directory partition
CN=Schema,CN=Configuration,DC=redhook,DC=dms,DC=local to domain controller
sepsysN1.redhook.dms.local

"The directory service was unable to transfer ownership of one or more floating single-master operation roles to other servers."

The 2008 server sepsysN1 is a GC.
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by:VirastaR
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Hi,

Check this

Transitioning your Active Directory to Windows Server 2008 R2

Make sure you had followed all the steps before in the article above demoting your Windows 2003 DC.

Hope that helps :)
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Hi,

Transferring FSMO Roles to Windows Server 2008

I hope that will resolve your Schema role transfer issue :)
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