Operations master roles (FSMO)
Seizing the FSMO roles (operations masters)
(Note: the commands to enter are in bold and underlined - the rest is the resulting output.)
1. NTDSUTIL asks us to confirm the operation...
2. NTDSUTIL attempts to transfer the role, which fails.
3. And then displays verbose output in which we can see the status of the FSMO roles.
In this case, we can see that the Schema Master is now DC5 (in bold red) but the other roles are still held by the now defunct DC2.
For concision and readability, I will not post this output for each command:
Note the syntax, incorrect and correct for the domain naming master:
fsmo maintenance: seize domain naming master
Error parsing Input - Invalid Syntax.
fsmo maintenance: seize naming master
We must omit the word "domain". Users familiar with Windows Server 2003 may remember that we had to include the word "domain". Since Windows 2008, his is no longer the case.
These are the commands for the remaning operations masters:
fsmo maintenance: seize rid master
fsmo maintenance: seize infrastructure master
fsmo maintenance: seize pdc
Note: we exit the fsmo maintenance mode like this:
fsmo maintenance: q
q = quit
In the following section of this two-part blog post, we will examine the different methods for "metadata cleanup".