How to move FSMO roles using NTDSUTIL Tool

First of all, if we want to move a role, we have to check where our FSMO is located.

There is more than one way to check this. The first one is to open all AD requirements and check which server is holding what. The second, my recommended option, is by using the command prompt query:

netdom query fsmo

Move FSMO Roles NTDSUTIL
Move FSMO Roles NTDSUTIL

Now we have to open DC01 and type:

  1. ntdsutil
  2. roles
  3. Maintenance
Move FSMO Roles NTDSUTIL
Move FSMO Roles NTDSUTIL

Type the Connection command. Once the connection succeeds we should get this syntax:

FSMO Active Directory
FSMO Active Directory

 

The next step is to exit from maintenance mode using letter “Q” and then enter into maintenance mode again:

FSMO Active Directory
FSMO Active Directory

 

Specify the Role name you want to move (in my case, it’s PDC Emulator)

Move FSMO Roles NTDSUTIL
Move FSMO Roles NTDSUTIL

transferred !

Move FSMO Roles NTDSUTIL
Move FSMO Roles NTDSUTIL

 

let’s run it again using FSMO locations query :

netdom query fsmo
Move FSMO Roles NTDSUTIL
FSMO Active Directory

 

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