How do I change the PDC Emulator FSMO?

A. The FAQ What are the FSMO roles in Windows 2000? defines the PDC Emulator. To modify the role, perform the following steps.

  1. Start the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in on the domain controller (DC). (From the Start menu, select Programs, Administrative Tools, Active Directory Users and Computers.)
  2. In the leftmost pane, right-click the domain, and select Connect to Domain Controller.
  3. Select the DC you want to make the Flexible Single-Master Operation (FSMO) role owner, as the Screen shows, and click OK.

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  5. Right-click the domain again, and select Operations Master from the context menu.
  6. Select the PDC tab.
  7. You’ll see the name of the machine that holds the PDC Emulator FSMO role, as the Screen shows.

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

You can also use the Ntdsutil utility to change the PDC Emulator 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 pdc</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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