Wednesday, October 20, 2010

How to seize FSMO Roles

How to seize FSMO Roles

Open the command prompt and type ntdsutil

Step 2
T ype roles, and then press ENTER.

ntdsutil: roles
fsmo maintenance:

Step :3
Type connections, and then press ENTER.

fsmo maintenance: connections
server connections:

Type connect to server <servername>, where <servername> is the name of the server you
want to use,and then press ENTER.

server connections: connect to server yourserver
Binding to yourserver ...
Connected to yourserver using credentials of locally logged on user.
server connections:
At the server connections: prompt, type q, and then press ENTER again.
server connections: q
fsmo maintenance:
Type seize <role>, where <role> is the role you want to seize. For example, to seize the RID Master role, you would type seize rid master:
Available options are 
fsmo maintenance: ?
 ?                              - Show this help information
 Connections                    - Connect to a specific AD DC/LDS instance
 Help                           - Show this help information
 Quit                           - Return to the prior menu
 Seize infrastructure master    - Overwrite infrastructure role on connected server
 Seize naming master            - Overwrite Naming Master role on connected server
 Seize PDC                      - Overwrite PDC role on connected server
 Seize RID master               - Overwrite RID role on connected server
 Seize schema master            - Overwrite schema role on connected server
 Select operation target        - Select sites, servers, domains, roles and naming contexts
 Transfer infrastructure master - Make connected server the infrastructure master
 Transfer naming master         - Make connected server the naming master
 Transfer PDC                   - Make connected server the PDC
 Transfer RID master            - Make connected server the RID master
 Transfer schema master         - Make connected server the schema master

After the selection of FSMO role You will receive a warning window asking if you want to perform the seize. Click on Yes.
Step 7:
Repeat steps 5 and 6 until you've seized all the required FSMO roles.
Step 8:
After you seize or transfer the roles, type q, and then press ENTER until you quit the Ntdsutil tool.
Note: Do not put the Infrastructure Master (IM) role on the same domain controller as the Global Catalog server. If the Infrastructure Master runs on a GC server it will stop updating object information because it does not contain any references to objects that it does not hold. This is because a GC server holds a partial replica of every object in the forest.  

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