Migrate FSMO Roles (INFO.DUMP)

I recently installed a few new Server 2012  servers to my existing Server 2003 domain and one of them is going hold the FSMO roles for the forest. Below are my notes that I compiled on how to transfer all the important roles from a Server 2003 machine to a Server 2012 machine. Keep in mind that the processes is the same for Server 2008 migrations as well and will also work when doing 2012 to 2012 migrations.

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To transfer a domain-level operations master role:
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1. Open Active Directory Users and Computers: On the Start menu, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Active Directory Users and Computers. If the User Account Control dialog box appears, provide Domain Admins credentials, if required, and then click Continue.

2. At the top of the console tree, right-click Active Directory Users and Computers, and then click Change Active Directory Domain Controller.

3. Ensure that the correct domain name is entered in Look in this domain. The available domain controllers from this domain are listed.

4. In the Name column, click the name of the domain controller to which you want to transfer the role, and then click OK.

5. At the top of the console tree, right-click Active Directory Users and Computers, click All Tasks, and then click Operations Masters.

6. The name of the current operations master role holder appears in the Operations master box. The name of the domain controller to which you want to transfer the role appears in the lower box.

7. Click the tab for the operations master role that you want to transfer: RID, PDC, or Infrastructure. Verify the computer names that appear, and then click Change. Click Yes to transfer the role, and then click OK.

8. Repeat steps 5 and 6 for each role that you want to transfer.
# Note: If you are creating multiple domains you will want the ‘Infrastructure’ master role to be seperate from the ‘Global Catalog’ server. If you are creating a single domain then it does not matter.

Transfer the schema master role:
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1. Open the Active Directory Schema snap-in. If you have not already installed the Active Directory Schema snap-in, please see Install the Active Directory Schema snap-in (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=209652).

3. In the console tree, right-click Active Directory Schema and then click Change Domain Controller.
# Note: This must be done on the existing scehma master.

4. Click Specify Name and type the name of the domain controller that you want to hold the schema master role.

5. In the console tree, right-click Active Directory Schema, and then click Operations Master.

6. Click Change.

To transfer the domain naming master role:
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1. Open Active Directory Domains and Trusts.

2. In the console tree, right-click Active Directory Domains and Trusts, and then click Connect to Domain Controller.

3. In Enter the name of another domain controller, type the name of the domain controller you want to hold the domain naming master role.

Or, click the domain controller in the list of available domain controllers.

4. In the console tree, right-click Active Directory Domains and Trusts, and then click Operations Master.

5. Click Change.

NOTES:
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* RID Role: The RID Master FSMO role owner is the single DC responsible for processing RID Pool requests from all DCs within a given domain. It is also responsible for moving an object from one domain to another during an interdomain object move.
* http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc223751.aspx

* PDC Role: Handels password changes, logon authentication master, account lockout, etc.
* http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc223752.aspx

* Infrastrcuture Role: When an object in one domain is referenced by another object in another domain, it represents the reference as a dsname. There is one Infrastructure FSMO role per domain and application NC in a directory.
* http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc223753.aspx

* Instructions to identify operations master roles: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc758669(v=ws.10).aspx
* RID: dsquery server -hasfsmo rid
* PID: dsquery server -hasfsmo pdc
* Infrastructure: dsquery server -hasfsmo infr
* Domain Naming Master: dsquery server -hasfsmo name
* Schema Master: dsquery server -hasfsmo schema

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