Transferring Fsmo roles

Discussion in 'Active Directory' started by mikea, Dec 21, 2005.

  1. mikea

    mikea Guest

    I have just transferred the fsmo roles from one domain controller to another
    domain controller in my domain(between two windows server 2003 servers).
    Every role transferred except the infrastructure master role. When i tried
    to transfer that i got the message '<server name>is a global catalog server.
    The infrastructure master role should not be transferred to a GC server. Are
    you certain you want to transfer'. I said no to this. But the interesting
    thing is that all these roles were residing on one DC and that server was a
    GC as well. That server was the first one installed in the domain though.
    Just wondering, if i should go ahead and transfer the role to the new server
    anyway. Or transfer it to another DC that's not a GC. If i did that, i
    would need to put another one in the domain though because i only have 3.
    Two at the main site and the other one is a GC/DC, then the other at a second
    site across the wan(which is only a DC). I'm thinking it wouldn't be a good
    idea to transfer the role to that server though since it spans the wan. Just
    wondering what the best option would be. Thanks
    mikea, Dec 21, 2005
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  2. The Infrastructure master is a domain FSMO role. SO the only concern is
    WITHIN the domain....

    No matter what forest structure you have for each domain the following rules

    (1) If all DCs in a domain are GC, there is no other choice where to put the
    Infrastructure master. So no issue here

    (2) If at least other DCs in a domain (besides the Infrastructure master)
    are not a GC, then the Infrastructure master should not be on a GC

    So if all DCs in your domain are a GC, answer yes when transfering. That
    message is only making you aware of rule 2 and ask you if it applies
    Jorge de Almeida Pinto, Dec 21, 2005
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  3. mikea

    Kathy Guest

    I would remove the GC on the onsite server and transfer the role there, then
    on your WAN DC - make it a GC. This would allow you to transfer your role
    and keep it onsite as well as have a GC onsite and on the WAN GC. I always
    have at least one GC at each site.
    Kathy, Dec 21, 2005
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