How do I change the Domain Naming Master FSMO?

A. The FAQ What are the FSMO roles in Windows 2000? defines the Domain Naming Master. To modify the role, make sure the machine is a Global Catalog (GC). Then, perform the following steps.

  1. Start the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) Active Directory Domains and Trusts snap-in on the domain controller (DC). (From the Start menu, select Programs, Administrative Tools, Active Directory Domains and Trusts.)
  2. In the leftmost pane, right-click Active Directory Domains and Trusts, and select Connect to Domain Controller from the context menu.
  3. Enter the DC to connect to, as the Screen shows.

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  5. Right-click Active Directory Domains and Trusts, and select Operations Master from the context menu.
  6. You’ll see the name of the machine that holds the domain name operations Flexible Single-Master Operation (FSMO) role, as the Screen shows.

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  8. To make a change, click Change.
  9. Click OK in the confirmation dialog box.
  10. Finally, you’ll see a dialog box confirming the role change.

You can also use the Ntdsutil utility to change the Domain Naming Master FSMO. In the following code, enter the commands in bold.

C:\&gt; <b>ntdsutil</b><br>
ntdsutil: <b>roles</b><br>
fsmo maintenance: <b>connections</b><br>
server connections: <b>connect to server &lt;server name&gt;</b><br>
server connections: <b>quit</b><br>
fsmo maintenance: <b>transfer domain naming master</b>

Click Yes in the role-transfer dialog box. Then, enter the commands in bold in the following code.

Server "titanic" knows about 5 roles Schema - CN=NTDS Settings,CN=TITANIC,CN=Servers,CN=Default-First-Site-Name,CN=Sites,CN=Configuration,DC=savilltech,DC=com Domain - CN=NTDS Settings,CN=TITANIC,CN=Servers,CN=Default-First-Site-Name,CN=Sites,CN=Configuration,DC=savilltech,DC=com PDC - CN=NTDS Settings,CN=TITANIC,CN=Servers,CN=Default-First-Site-Name,CN=Sites,CN=Configuration,DC=savilltech,DC=com RID - CN=NTDS Settings,CN=TITANIC,CN=Servers,CN=Default-First-Site-Name,CN=Sites,CN=Configuration,DC=savilltech,DC=com Infrastructure - CN=NTDS Settings,CN=TITANIC,CN=Servers,CN=Default-First-Site-Name,CN=Sites,CN=Configuration,DC=savilltech,DC=com<br><br>
fsmo maintenance: <b>quit</b><br>
ntdsutil: <b>quit</b>
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