How to migrate roles (FSMO still?) from one Server 2012 Essentials to another?

Hi everyone,

I need kind of a "walkthrough" on migrating from one server to another. It's a long story as to why but I've narrowed my troubleshooting down to: I need to migrate all data, printers, and "FSMO roles" from one Server 2012 Essentials server to another.

I'm building the new server as a VM right now. The old server is a VM that is running on a single drive instead of RAID--the joys of cleaning up somebody else's mess. I've tried moving the file from one drive to another manually, through the Hyper-V move tool, and have even tried using the P->V tool. It always fails because the old server is running on a single drive...that has bad blocks/sectors and is failing. Ugh...

Thankfully this is a small office of 13 computers, so there are only two printers for me to recreate. I know how to migrate data from one machine to another. How can I migrate domain ownership from one machine to another so that the computers don't have to get "re-joined" or anything?

Is there anything else I need to think about?
Sue TaylorProject ManagerAsked:
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Arjun VyavahareTechnical ConsultantCommented:
go through below Youtube video in which step bye step FSMO Transfer is explained -

Cliff GaliherCommented:
For 2012 Essentials, the only way to do this is to create an answer file and use it to install Essentials in a "migration mode" during initial install. You cannot trigger or do this if the OS has already been installed. You'll have to re-install the OS in migration mode. Head to Technet and look at the 2012 essentials migration documentation to see how to create and use an answer file. It is actually pretty simple, but the documentation is a worthy read for a project like this.
Sue TaylorProject ManagerAuthor Commented:
Cliff - What if I migrated FSMO from Essentials to Standard?
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Create a reliable backup. Make sure you always have dependable copies of your data so you can restore your entire system or individual files.

Cliff GaliherCommented:
Then you'd follow the guidance on TechNet for adding a replica DC and transferring FSMO roles. Essentials doesn't change how you'd do that.

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Sue TaylorProject ManagerAuthor Commented:
I've run into a snag. 4 of the 5 roles are transferred. Schema is the only one left. Change is grayed out. :(

Cliff GaliherCommented:
That most often occurs when you are connected to a DC that isn't the current schema master. Transferring the schema master can only be done from the schema master itself.
Sue TaylorProject ManagerAuthor Commented:
Cliff was incredibly helpful!
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