JSI Tip 5144. How do I transfer FSMO roles using the MMC snap-in?

In tip 2728, I describe how you can transfer or seize the Schema Master, Domain Naming Master, RID Master, PDC Emulator, and Infrastructure Master FSMO roles using the Ntdsutil.exe utility.

In order to transfer the 5 FSMO roles, both domain controllers must be online. If the source domain controller is NOT available, you must seize the roles.

To Transfer the Domain-Specific RID Master, PDC Emulator, and Infrastructure Master FSMO Roles:

1. Open the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in from the Administrative Tools folder.

2. If you are NOT logged onto the target domain controller, in the snap-in, right-click the icon next to Active Directory Users and Computers and press Connect to Domain Controller.

3. Select the domain controller that will be the new role holder, the target, and press OK.

4. Right-click the Active Directory Users and Computers icon again and press Operation Masters.

5. Select the appropriate tab for the role you wish to transfer and press the Change button.

6. Press OK to confirm the change.

7. Press OK.

8. If this is the last role, press Cancel to close the dialog.

To Transfer the Domain Naming Master Role:

1. Open the Active Directory Domains and Trusts snap-in from the Administrative Tools folder.

2. If you are NOT logged onto the target domain controller, in the snap-in, right-click the icon next to Active Directory Domains and Trusts and press Connect to Domain Controller.

3. Select the domain controller that will be the new role holder and press OK.

4. Right-click the Active Directory Domains and Trusts icon again and press Operation Masters.

5. Press the Change button.

6. Press OK to confirm the change.

7. Press OK.

8. Press Cancel to close the dialog.

To Transfer the Schema Master Role:

01. Register the Schmmgmt.dll library by pressing Start / RUN and typing regsvr32 schmmgmt.dll. Press OK. You should receive a success confirmation.

02. Start / Run / MMC / OK.

03. On the Console menu, press Add/Remove Snap-in.

04. Press Add.

05. Select Active Directory Schema.

06. Press Add and press Close.

07. Press OK.

08. If you are NOT logged onto the target domain controller, in the snap-in, right-click the Active Directory Schema icon in the Console Root and press Change Domain Controller.

09. Press Specify .... and type the name of the new role holder.

10. Press OK.

11. right-click right-click the Active Directory Schema icon again and press Operation Masters.

12. Press the Change button.

13. Press OK and OK.

14. Press Cancel to close the dialog.



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