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Transfer the domain-level operations master roles

Updated: August 22, 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 three domain-level operations master roles: the PDC emulator, the RID master, and the infrastructure master. You can transfer all of these roles by using the Active Directory Users and Computers console.

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These procedures are performed by using MMC, although you can also transfer these roles by using Ntdsutil.exe. For information about using Ntdsutil.exe to transfer the operations master roles, type ? at the Ntdsutil.exe command prompt.

Administrative Credentials

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

To transfer a domain-level operations master role

  1. Open Active Directory Users and Computers.

  2. At the top of the console tree, right-click Active Directory Users and Computers. Click Connect to Domain Controller.

  3. In the list of available domain controllers, click the name of the server to which you want to transfer the role, and then click OK.

  4. At the top of the console tree, right-click Active Directory Users and Computers, point to All Tasks, and then click Operations Masters.

    The name of the current operations master role holder appears in the Operations master box. The name of the server to which you want to transfer the role appears in the lower box.

  5. Click the tab for the role you want to transfer: RID, PDC, or Infrastructure. Verify the computer names that appear and then click Change. Click Yes to transfer the role, and then click OK.

  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 for each role that you want to transfer.

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