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Transferring FSMO (Flexible Single Master Operations) Roles

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In this lecture you are going to learn how to transfer FSMO roles between Domain Controllers. Please keep in mind that if you are using your work environment or network - you should NOT transfer FSMO roles unless you have a specific reason to do so. Only practice transferring FSMO roles when you are using your own lab environment or the ServerAcademy.com online IT labs.

Let’s start by transferring the Schema Master FSMO role to SADC02. To get started, log in to DC02, click the start button and search for and launch “regsvr32 schmmgmt.dll”

Once you run that command you should see the following popup:

This allows us to add the Active Directory Schema snapin to the MMC console. Next click Start and launch MMC:

Select File > Add/Remove Snap-in...

Next add the Active Directory Schema and click OK:

Right-click Active Directory Schema and select Change Active Directory Domain Controller:

To change the Schema Master to DC02, you can click Change.

Go ahead and close the window. Now click Tools > Active Directory Users and Computers:

Right-click your domain and select Operation Masters:

Here we can transfer the RID, PDC and Infrastructure roles:

If you need to move the role to another domain controller, go ahead and do that now. Next click Close to close the window then close Active Directory.

The last role is the Domain Naming Master. To change this, from Server Manager, select Tools > Active Directory Domains and Trusts.

Right click Active Directory Domains and Trusts > Operations Master:

If you want to change the Domain Naming Master click the Change button. Otherwise click Close.

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Sascha W(@sascha-wesling)
11 months ago

Role transfer via Powershell is way faster and easier. Replace SDAC02 with the name of the destination server.

Move-ADDirectoryServerOperationMasterRole -Identity SDAC02 -OperationMasterRole DomainNamingMaster
Move-ADDirectoryServerOperationMasterRole -Identity SDAC02 -OperationMasterRole InfrastructureMaster
Move-ADDirectoryServerOperationMasterRole -Identity SDAC02 -OperationMasterRole PDCEmulator
Move-ADDirectoryServerOperationMasterRole -Identity SDAC02 -OperationMasterRole RIDMaster
Move-ADDirectoryServerOperationMasterRole -Identity SDAC02 -OperationMasterRole SchemaMaster
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7 months ago

Unfortunately after I paid the lessons started to be bad. Too fast there is not enough explanation. You give a lot of important information as a side note. That’s course it’s not for beginners. What is FSMO exactly? the previous lesson doesn’t give a good explanation about FSMO as well. I thought you gonna explain more about it here. If we shouldn’t transfer it, why to learn it in the first place?!
When do we need FSMO?
“This allows us to add the Active Directory Schema snapin to the MMC console” what should I understand from that what is MMC console? too bad dear.
Is there anyway to cancel the membership and get my money back?

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Ricardo P(@ricardop)
Reply to  zeins
7 months ago

Hi profile avatar Zein Saker

Thank you for reaching out to us and taking the time to share your concerns. I apologize if the lessons have not met your expectations and if you feel they are too fast with an insufficient explanation. Our goal is to provide high-quality education and I’m sorry that we have fallen short in your case.

Regarding your request for a refund, please email support@serveracademy.com so we can process your request.

Again, I apologize for the inconvenience and frustration caused by the issues you have encountered.



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Beno Tsintsadze(@beno-tsintsadze)
5 months ago

if we only need to transfer RID,PDC, or infrastructure, im assuming the only part that is needed prior is to register via the command?

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Ricardo P(@ricardop)
Reply to  Beno Tsintsadze
5 months ago

Hi profile avatar Beno Tsintsadze

Exactly, register via the command, and you move only the roles you need to move.


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4 months ago

I was a little confused about Transferring FSMO but after rewatching the video, I now understand it and can complete the final assessment.

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4 months ago

I was curious to know more about transferring FSMO, so I asked ChatGPT and here is the response:

Provide some reasons why a System Administrator will want to transfer Flexible Single Master Operations (FSMO) roles in Windows Server

A System Administrator may want to transfer Flexible Single Master Operations (FSMO) roles in Windows Server for several reasons:

1. Hardware or server replacement: When a server hosting FSMO roles needs to be decommissioned or replaced due to hardware failure or upgrade, the roles must be transferred to another server to ensure continuous operations.

2. Load balancing: Transferring FSMO roles allows for better load distribution across multiple servers. By distributing the roles among several servers, the administrator can ensure that no single server becomes overwhelmed with the workload.

3. Performance optimization: If a server holding FSMO roles is experiencing performance issues or becoming a bottleneck in the network, transferring the roles to a more capable server can help improve overall system performance and responsiveness.

4. Administrative separation: In some cases, organizations may have separate administrative units responsible for different aspects of the Active Directory infrastructure. Transferring FSMO roles to different servers can align with administrative boundaries, allowing different teams to manage their respective roles independently.

5. High availability and fault tolerance: By transferring FSMO roles to multiple servers, administrators can ensure high availability and fault tolerance. If one server fails, the remaining servers can take over the roles, minimizing downtime and maintaining the integrity of the Active Directory.

6. Disaster recovery: As part of disaster recovery planning, transferring FSMO roles to alternate servers can be crucial. In the event of a catastrophic failure or a site-wide outage, having the roles already replicated to other servers ensures the ability to quickly restore operations.

7. Decommissioning or retiring a domain controller: When a domain controller is no longer needed or is being retired, transferring its FSMO roles to other domain controllers ensures the smooth continuation of Active Directory operations without any disruption.

8. Maintenance and upgrades: During maintenance activities or server upgrades, transferring FSMO roles to a temporary server can ensure that critical operations can continue without interruption. Once the maintenance is complete, the roles can be transferred back to the original server or redistributed as needed.

9. Active Directory restructuring: If an organization undergoes significant changes, such as mergers, acquisitions, or reorganizations, transferring FSMO roles may be necessary to align with the new structure and administrative requirements.

10. Compliance and security considerations: In certain industries or organizations with strict compliance or security requirements, transferring FSMO roles may be part of regular security audits or compliance initiatives to ensure proper access controls and separation of duties.

It is important to plan and execute FSMO role transfers carefully, following best practices and guidelines provided by Microsoft, to ensure a smooth transition and minimize any potential disruptions.

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Richard Ogudugu(@richard-ogudugu)
1 day ago

Each time i click operation master i keep receiving Erro that my current schema master is offline

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Ricardo P(@ricardop)
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15 hours ago

Hi profile avatar Richard Ogudugu,

Can you provide the steps you are doing which give you the error?
So far the domains need to be on to perform the actions. Is it online or on local labs?