Server 2012 R2 Moving FSMO Roles

Written by Saeed Mulla on. Posted in Server 2012 R2

First we need to find which domain controller holds the FSMO roles.  To do this we start up powershell on one of the domain controllers and type:

netdom query FSMO

The results should show up 5 roles with the domain controller it resides on.

The 5 FSMO roles are numbered 0-4:

0 – PDCEmulator
1 – RIDMaster
2 – InfrastructureMaster
3 – SchemaMaster
4 – DomainNamingMaster

In this example the FSMO roles sit on DC01.  We would like to move them over to DC02.

Move-ADDirectoryServerOperationMasterRole -Identity “Target-DC” -OperationMasterRole 0,1,2,3,4

So for our example we use:

Move-ADDirectoryServerOperationMasterRole -Identity “DC02” -OperationMasterRole 0,1,2,3,4

Simple, its that easy.  Press ‘A’ to apply to all FSMO roles or ‘Y’ to choose each one.


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