Theoretical Failure of FSMO Domain Controller and the Continued Functioning of Active Directory.
Posted on 2014-09-23
I am wondering about the following theoretical scenario.
In it you have a simple Active Directory based domain being replicated between a few Windows Domain Controllers, and the Domain Controller with which the FSMO or Operations Master Role resides fails or dies.
In this case, how objectively redundant (not to be mixed up with marketing radiation terms for redundant) is Active Directory in this case? IE how long will all of the AD hosted up services continue to operate before issues start to occur? Assume FSMO roles have not been seized etc.
If the answer is something along the lines of AD is not really redundant and a FSMO roll based DC is essential to the health of AD. Does server 2012 finally replicate or make the FSMO role spread across all DCs, or does it get rid of the concept altogether, integrating the 5 roles more deeply into the Active Directory replication process.
Thanks for the clarification and info.