FSMO/Schema Master Problem

Discussion in 'Active Directory' started by msteinhoff, Aug 8, 2004.

  1. msteinhoff

    msteinhoff Guest

    Hey all,

    Trying to move the move the OM from old one DC to the new PDC, problem is
    that it states the Schema Master is offline. I don't know why the Schema is
    offline or how to get it back online, or where to look to try to get it back
    online. I have read that you can sieze control, but that is a last resort.
    Server A says it is the OM for Schema Master and Server B says it is the OM
    for Schemam Master...i believe this is where my problem lies, but do not
    know how to fix it

    Environment is 2003 Server running in 2000 Compatibility mode.

    Thanks
     
    msteinhoff, Aug 8, 2004
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  2. Hello

    Where do you find out both are assigned Schema Master FSMO?

    This article contains a sample script that outputs the Flexible Single
    Master of Operations (FSMO) role owners for a specified domain or domain
    controller.
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;235617

    Built-in command line based "dsquery server", can be used with the syntax
    below.
    -hasfsmo {schema | name | infr | pdc | rid}

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    Regards
    Christoffer Andersson
    Microsoft MVP - Directory Services

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    Chriss3 [MVP], Aug 8, 2004
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  3. msteinhoff

    msteinhoff Guest

    I look in the Active Directory Schema MMC. I right click and choose OM,
    each server is listed as its own Schema Master, but both are offline. If I
    try to transfer i get this error:

    "The requested FSMO operation failed. The current FSMO holder could not be
    contacted. The current opertions master cannot be contacted to perform the
    transfer. Under some circumstances, a forced transfer can be performed. Do
    you wish to attempt a forced transfer?"

    I hit no, because as I understand it forced transfer is very bad.
     
    msteinhoff, Aug 8, 2004
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  4. That is correct, I recommend you to try a demote of one DC and then promote
    it back.

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    Christoffer Andersson
    Microsoft MVP - Directory Services

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    Chriss3 [MVP], Aug 9, 2004
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  5. msteinhoff

    msteinhoff Guest

    would you reccommmend demoting the PDC or the BDC ?
     
    msteinhoff, Aug 9, 2004
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  6. There is no PDC or BDC in Windows2000 and later domains. There is a FSMO
    role called PDC, I recommend to demote the DC thats not the current holder
    of the PDC FSMO role, if there is other FSMO roles to the DC to select to
    demote, try transfer them to the other one.

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    Regards
    Christoffer Andersson
    Microsoft MVP - Directory Services

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    Chriss3 [MVP], Aug 9, 2004
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  7. msteinhoff

    msteinhoff Guest

    We tried to transfer them already with no luck. Once we demote won't the
    roles be trqnsferred/picked up by the remaining DC ?
     
    msteinhoff, Aug 9, 2004
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  8. Yes they will.

    Regards,
    /Jimmy
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    Microsoft MVP - Directory Services
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    Jimmy Andersson [MVP], Aug 9, 2004
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