Unable to perform FSMO Transfer

Discussion in 'Active Directory' started by Kevin Feltmate, Feb 14, 2004.

  1. I did something really stupid. I have Windows 2000/2003
    domain with 3 servers. The domain was was started with
    one Win2000 server which was used as a RIP for several
    wide format printers (server name - D5HNC021). Eventualy
    I add other servers Graphics2(Win 2000) and Graphics3
    D5HNC021 had Active Directory installed since it was the
    first server in the domain. Graphics2 was the second
    server indtalled with AD as a controler.
    After a year we decided to upgrade the RIP software on
    D5HNC021 but needed to do so by removing the current
    drive, and reinstalling Win2000 server on a larger SCSI
    You can see where this is going. Not paying attention I
    downed the server, installed the new drive and then
    rebuilt the server with the new name Graphics1. In doing
    this I did not reassign the Schema Master role, or any
    other role for that matter.
    When I attempt to use NTDSUTIL to sieze the role I get
    and error "RPC server unavailable". I even still have the
    disk that contains the original installation of D5HNC021,
    but when I replace it and boot the 2 servers will not see
    each other (D5HNC021 and GRAPHICS2).
    I simply need Graphics2 to assume the FSMO roles. What
    should my next move be?
    Kevin Feltmate, Feb 14, 2004
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  2. Kevin Feltmate says...
    Hi Kevin,

    are you able to use NTDSUtil on another DC to seize the roles there, then
    transfer it back? There might be issues sizing it on the same DC.

    Gruesse - Sincerely,

    Ulf B. Simon-Weidner
    Ulf B. Simon-Weidner [MVP], Feb 14, 2004
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  3. Kevin Feltmate

    Mike Aubert Guest

    Hey Kevin,

    When do you get the error? When you type "Connect to server ServerName" or
    when you type "Seize schema master?" If you get the error when trying to
    connect to a server, ensure that you are connecting to the server you want
    to transfer the role to (not the server that is offline).

    The RPC server unavailable error message is typically a DNS name resolution
    issue. Are you running Ntdsutil on the domain controller you want to
    transfer the role to?

    Mike Aubert

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    Mike Aubert, Feb 14, 2004
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