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Error attempting to transfer Infrastructure Master role RRS feed

  • Question

  • Network has two domain controllers, both Server 2003 Std SP2 and fully patched--SERVER3 and SERVER2.  SERVER3 has all FSMO roles. Both were Global Catalog servers.  I removed the GC checkbox from SERVER2 and want to transfer the Infrastructure Master role to that machine.

     

    From the Operations Masters dialog box, Infrastructure tab on both SERVER3 and SERVER2, when I attempt to change the role assignment I get the following error: The current domain controller is the operations master. To transfer the operations master role to another computer, you must first connect to it.

     

    Any help you can provide resolving this matter would be greatly appreciated.

     

    Thank you,
    Cathy

    • Moved by Bruce-Liu Tuesday, July 26, 2011 7:45 AM (From:Network Infrastructure Servers)
    Monday, July 25, 2011 10:28 PM

Answers

  • You must be logged on or connected to the target DC to transfer this role.

    Transferring the RID Master, PDC Emulator, and Infrastructure Masters via GUI

    To Transfer the Domain-Specific RID Master, PDC Emulator, and Infrastructure Master FSMO Roles:

    1. Open the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in from the Administrative Tools folder.
    2. If you are NOT logged onto the target domain controller, in the snap-in, right-click the icon next to Active Directory Users and Computers and press Connect to Domain Controller.
    3. Select the domain controller that will be the new role holder, the target, and press OK.
    4. Right-click the Active Directory Users and Computers icon again and press Operation Masters.
    5. Select the appropriate tab for the role you wish to transfer and press the Change button.
    6. Press OK to confirm the change.
    7. Press OK all the way out.

    • Marked as answer by CathySpears Tuesday, July 26, 2011 9:50 PM
    Tuesday, July 26, 2011 8:29 AM
  • Hello,

    in a single forest domain there is no need to have the IM on a non GC domain controller. Please post the outputfrom:

    netdoma query fsmo


    Best regards Meinolf Weber Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees , and confers no rights.
    • Marked as answer by Bruce-Liu Friday, July 29, 2011 4:13 AM
    Tuesday, July 26, 2011 10:37 AM

All replies

  • Hi,

     

    Could you please share us the enevt log(Event ID , Source, Details).

     

    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;312862


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    Tuesday, July 26, 2011 2:10 AM
  • You must be logged on or connected to the target DC to transfer this role.

    Transferring the RID Master, PDC Emulator, and Infrastructure Masters via GUI

    To Transfer the Domain-Specific RID Master, PDC Emulator, and Infrastructure Master FSMO Roles:

    1. Open the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in from the Administrative Tools folder.
    2. If you are NOT logged onto the target domain controller, in the snap-in, right-click the icon next to Active Directory Users and Computers and press Connect to Domain Controller.
    3. Select the domain controller that will be the new role holder, the target, and press OK.
    4. Right-click the Active Directory Users and Computers icon again and press Operation Masters.
    5. Select the appropriate tab for the role you wish to transfer and press the Change button.
    6. Press OK to confirm the change.
    7. Press OK all the way out.

    • Marked as answer by CathySpears Tuesday, July 26, 2011 9:50 PM
    Tuesday, July 26, 2011 8:29 AM
  • Hi,

    You need to be connected to the domain controller (server 2) on which you want to transfer roles. You can do this either by opening ADUC (dsa.msc) on the server2 domain controller (it should connect to self), or you can manually connect to it using connect to dialog box in ADUC.

    If you still have problems in transferring roles or even not able to connect to the target domain controller them something is bad. Please run dcdiag on the DCs and post the result along with DNS client configuration on both DCs. If both the DC are in same AD site, you can run dcdiag /a

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/324801


    -V
    Tuesday, July 26, 2011 8:31 AM
  • Make sure both the two dc can communicate with each other either through ping or telnet.Open to ADUC, verify from the ADUC console, you can connect DC holding FSMO role & there is no replication issues in the domain. You can use dcdiag/v/c/d/e/ cmd to verify the AD/Domain health.

    What does DCDIAG actually… do?

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/askds/archive/2011/03/22/what-does-dcdiag-actually-do.aspx

    FSMO role transfer

    http://www.petri.co.il/transferring_fsmo_roles.htm 

     

    Regards


    Awinish Vishwakarma

    MVP-Directory Services

    MY BLOG:  awinish.wordpress.com

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    Tuesday, July 26, 2011 9:11 AM
  • Hello,

    in a single forest domain there is no need to have the IM on a non GC domain controller. Please post the outputfrom:

    netdoma query fsmo


    Best regards Meinolf Weber Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees , and confers no rights.
    • Marked as answer by Bruce-Liu Friday, July 29, 2011 4:13 AM
    Tuesday, July 26, 2011 10:37 AM
  • I removed the GC checkbox from SERVER2 and want to transfer the Infrastructure Master role to that machine.

    Why you unchecked the GC checkbox? If you don't have multiple domains and you want to make it an IM then I don't see why. There is no need for that in this case.

    From the Operations Masters dialog box, Infrastructure tab on both SERVER3 and SERVER2, when I attempt to change the role assignment I get the following error: The current domain controller is the operations master. To transfer the operations master role to another computer, you must first connect to it.

    Please connect to the destination DC and then transfer FSMO roles.

    You can also try running these commands using ntdsutil.exe which will allow to you to avoid the use of UI: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/255504

     


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    Tuesday, July 26, 2011 10:54 AM
  • Thank you all for your quick replies.  This is a single forest domain environment with two domain controllers.  Alan_Se thanks, I skipped the “Connect to domain controller” step.  And Meinolf Weber thank you.  I didn’t realize that IM on a non GC domain controller was unnecessary for my environment.

    Tuesday, July 26, 2011 9:50 PM