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Transfer the domain naming master

Updated: March 2, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Use this procedure to transfer the domain naming operations master role. The domain naming master is a forest-wide operations master role.

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This procedure is performed by using the Microsoft Management Console (MMC), although you can also transfer this role by using Ntdsutil.exe. For information about using Ntdsutil.exe to transfer operations master roles, type ? at the Ntdsutil.exe command prompt.

Administrative Credentials

To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Enterprise Admins group in Active Directory.

To transfer the domain naming master

  1. Open Active Directory Domains and Trusts.

  2. In the console tree, right-click Active Directory Domains and Trusts, and then click Connect to Domain Controller.

  3. Ensure that the proper domain name is entered in the Domain box.

    The available domain controllers from this domain are listed.

  4. In the Name column, click the domain controller (to select it) to which you want to transfer the role. Click OK.

  5. Right-click Active Directory Domains and Trusts, and then click Operations Master.

  6. The name of the current domain naming master appears in the first text box. The server to which you want to transfer the role should appear in the second text box. If this is not the case, repeat steps 1 through 4.

  7. Click Change. To confirm the role transfer, click Yes. Click OK again to close the message box indicating the transfer took place. Click Close to close the Change Operations Master dialog box.

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