Seize FSMO roles

Hi Everyone,

This will be a very basic AD question but I just need a sanity check.

I have 2 windows 2008 domain controllers in my organization.  DC1 contains all of the FSMO roles and is a GC and DC2 is a GC.  If I come into work tomorrow and found that DC1 was dead, what would I need to do?  

My thoughts would be to:

1.  Log onto DC2 (I should still be able to login, right?)
2.  Use ntdsutil.exe to seize the roles
3.  Reboot the server

Have I missed anything or am I off-track?

Thank you for your time.
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Mike KlineCommented:
Yes then after that metadata cleanup of that dead DC.  Then try to get another DC up for redundancy.  > metadata cleanup.

Don't ever bring that dead DC back online after you seize the 5 FSMO roles.



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StuartTechnical Architect - CloudCommented:
Pretty much yep, then restore DC1 from backup using a non authoritative restore, wait for replication to complete then you could move the roles back
StuartTechnical Architect - CloudCommented:
I would attempt to restore from backup before touching ADSI Edit
Mike KlineCommented:
No don't restore DC1 if you seize roles.   Just standup a new box and promote it.


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