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Shifting domain roles to a new server

We have a 2003 domain controller configured on a low-end server, which is not enough to handle the server tasks. Keeping this in view, we have purchased a new server (IBM, mid-range server) that has good configuration and can handle all the server tasks. But the problem now is I need to transfer all the server roles and promote the new server as DC and remove the old server from the domain. I have gone through the Microsoft Web sites but I did not find much information about the shifting the DC roles to the new server. I would appreciate if anyone can help me out and send a detailed procedure/documentation regarding the shifting of ADS and DC to another new server.

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Actually there are several articles about moving the roles. There are 5 Flexible Single Master Operations (FSMO, fizz-mo) Roles; RID Master, Schema Master, Domain Naming Master, PDC Emulator, and Infrastructure Master. Moving these roles is a little annoying because they are all in different interfaces. Because of this, I like to use the NTDSUTIL command line interface to move the roles. Here is a step-by-step article from Microsoft that shows you how: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;255504

You may also want to make the new server a global catalog server. This is done in the Active Directory Sites and Services MMC. You drill down to the server and then the NTDS settings object. Right click on the NTDS Settings object and click properties. Check the box that says this server is a Global Catalog server.

Paul Hinsberg

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This was first published in November 2004

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