FSMO Roles Transfer Active Directory GUI / Command

The five FSMO roles are:

  1. Schema Master
  2. Domain Naming Master
  3. Infrastructure Master
  4. Relative ID (RID) Master
  5. PDC Emulator

The FSMO roles are going to be transferred, using the following three MMC snap-ins :

  • Active Directory Schema snap-in  : Will be used to transfer the Schema Master role
  • Active Directory Domains and Trusts snap-in : Will be used to transfer the Domain Naming Master role
  • Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in : Will be used to transfer the RID Master, PDC Emulator, and Infrastructure Master 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 all the way out.

Transferring the Domain Naming Master via GUI

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 all the way out.

Transferring the Schema Master via GUI

To Transfer the Schema Master Role:

  1. Register the Schmmgmt.dll library by pressing Start > RUN and typing:  regsvr32 schmmgmt.dll
  2. Press OK. You should receive a success confirmation.
  3. From the Run command open an MMC Console by typing MMC.
  4. On the Console menu, press Add/Remove Snap-in.
  5. Press Add. Select Active Directory Schema.
  6. Press Add and press Close. Press OK.
  7. 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.
  8. Press Specify …. and type the name of the new role holder. Press OK.
  9. Right-click right-click the Active Directory Schema icon again and press Operation Masters.
  10. Press the Change button.
  11. Press OK all the way out.

TRANSFER ROLES USING COMMAND NTDSUTIL

Open command prompt with elevated privileges on any domain controller and run the following command:

command : ntdsutil

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then command: roles

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Then command: connections

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Then command connect to destination server (i am transferring roles to AD02 so command is: connect to server AD02

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then command: q

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Now, you can use following command to transfer roles to server AD02 ( My destination server)

Transfer domain naming master

Transfer infrastructure master

Transfer PDC

Transfer RID master

Transfer schema master

for examples of output are:

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