Problem transferring schema master role (crossposted in server.migration)

Discussion in 'Active Directory' started by Ramon Niese, Nov 21, 2005.

  1. Ramon Niese

    Ramon Niese Guest


    Our network was a windows 2000 domain network with one domaincontroller
    Last week we installed 2 new w2003 servers as member servers of this domain.
    On the 2000 domaincontroller we ran adprep /forestprep and adrep /domainprep
    to upgrade the domain to w2003.
    After this we did a dcpromo on both new servers so at the moment I have 3
    domaincontrollers running. I made all domaincontrollers global catalog.
    (this is because the old domaincontroller will be demoted in a couple of
    I also transferred the fsmo roles to the new servers but I can't transfer
    the Schema master role. If I look into the mmc of the schema master on the
    "old" domaincontroller and I click operations master than I see a it says
    "Error". Unfortunately I haven't got anymore info about this error. I also
    tried transferring with ntdsutil but this also fails.

    Anyone an idea???

    Ramon Niese, Nov 21, 2005
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  2. Ramon Niese

    Neil Ruston Guest

    Check the members of Schema Admins, in the root domain. Only members of this
    group can move the Schema Master FSMO role. That group may be empty.

    Neil Ruston, Nov 21, 2005
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  3. Ramon Niese

    Ramon Niese Guest

    Thx for your help. The role is succesfully transferred via NTDSUTIL.

    I also tried this on friday but I did this I think from the wrong server.
    I used NTDSUTIL from the NEW domaincontroller and not from the "old" one.


    Ramon Niese, Nov 21, 2005
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