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SBS 2008 Standard - move FSMO rules to Windows 2012R2

Posted on 2016-08-02
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Hello,

I am in the final phases of migrating an SBS 2008 Standard server to Windows 2012R2.

Exchange has been moved to a separate Windows 2012 R2 with Exchange 2013 (soon to be moved to another Exchange 2016).

I need to move FSMO roles now to the Windows 2012R2 server so I can disjoin SBS2008 from the domain and shut it down.

Just to double check, can you furnish the proper steps to migrate FSMO rules?  I just want to make sure I do not miss anything.

Thanks in advance.

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It's relatively simple - here's the proceedure I'd recommend:
1. Run DCDIAG /C /E /V on all DCs (including SBS) and REPADMIN /SHOWREPL to ensure everything is working properly.
2. Turn OFF the SBS server for a few days - confirm that everything works. Then, next week:
3. Power Up the SBS Server and transfer the FSMO roles - you can use PowerShell, NTDSUtil, or the GUI tools (I prefer NTDSUtil myself and because I have better things to remember exact details of, I usually use Dan Petri's instructions here: https://www.petri.com/transferring_fsmo_roles
4. once transferred, run NetDOM /query FSMO from a command prompt and make sure they are correct.
5. Uninstall Exchange from the SBS server.
6. Demote the SBS Server using DCPROMO
7. Remove from the network entirely.
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Thank you very much.  Have not implemented the solution yet, but will do so very soon.

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