transferring fsmo roles from the first dc in the forest

Discussion in 'Active Directory' started by study, Sep 10, 2008.

  1. study

    study Guest

    We recently brought up a second DC (non-GC) in the root forest domain.
    The first DC in the root domain is holding all the fsmo roles plus is a GC
    except IM since I transferred it to the second DC After bringing up the
    second DC in this root domain. The first DC has quite a small hardware.

    The second DC has a bigger hardware so I'd like to transfer all the fsmo
    roles to it from the first DC and also make this second DC a GC. Then remove
    the GC role from the first DC since it has a small hardware. Also planning
    to transfer the IM from the second DC back to the first DC since the second
    DC will be a GC while the first DC will not be a GC.

    Do you see any issues of transferring the fsmo roles from the first DC in
    the forest?
    And removing the GC role as well?
    study, Sep 10, 2008
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    Zoddy Guest

    Shouldnt be a problem as long as they all can see each other. Make sure
    before you remove the GC on the first server that it is completely replicated
    on the second server. Here is a little FSMO document on moving them.

    Really shouldnt be a problem, unless there are network issues between DCs
    Zoddy, Sep 10, 2008
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    Zoddy Guest

    Yeah probably not a big issue, specially if a smaller environment, I think
    best practices are to keep the Infrastructure off the GC if possible, doesnt
    Microsoft mention that somwhere:)
    Zoddy, Sep 10, 2008
  4. Hello study,

    In a single forest domain, which you have what i read from your description,
    you can/should make all DC's Global catalog server, there is no need to exclude
    the IM from this. Also make both DNS servers with AD integrated zones and
    configure all machines to use the new one as preferred DNS and the older
    one as secondary DNS server.

    See also here:

    Best regards

    Meinolf Weber
    Meinolf Weber, Sep 11, 2008
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    Jorge Silva Guest

    If all DCs=GCs your IM can be anyware at any DC.

    I hope that the information above helps you.
    Have a Nice day.

    Jorge Silva
    MCSE, MVP Directory Services

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    Jorge Silva, Sep 11, 2008
  6. This can be a mute point if you have only a single domain in the forest.
    Then all dc's can be GC's, even the FSMO role holder of the IM.
    Paul Bergson [MVP-DS], Sep 11, 2008
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