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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?

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?
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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