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Why doesn't the successful server in a multi-server system automatically assume the PDC role when th

We have a three-server Windows 2003 infrastructure with FSMO assigned to two of them -- DC1 and DC2. They both go down and DC3 is now only a GC with no FSMO roles. Of course, we lose connection to the domain as well. Why can't DC3 automatically assume the FSMO roles and become the PDC for the company?

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FSMO roles must be transferred and/or seized manually by an administrator, since each one serves a sensitive role on your network and should not be moved without forethought and planning. See Using Ntdsutil.exe to transfer or seize FSMO roles to a domain controller for information about transferring and seizing FSMO roles.

This was first published in December 2005

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