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Moving FSMO Roles to ADC... AnyOne!!!

By xcode ·
Hello people,

My question is with reference to the Server OpMaster Roles.

I am planning to transfer the Operation Master roles from my DC to the ADC.

The network constitutes of 1 -2003 Server, 1 ADC - n XP Clients.

Currently DC is holding all 5 roles. ADC is acting as Global Catalog. The DC is to be upgraded and shall be used for other planned r&d in future. Therefore, I am to transfer the roles to the ADC gradually.

My concern is:
Since the GPOs are distributed over two locations - a)the Active Directory & b) the SYSVOL folder;
so if the PDC role is moved to the ADC, the GPO location would have to be administered every time and I wud need to opt for 1 of these 3 options -
1. The one with the Operations Master token for the PDC emulator
2. The one used by the Active Directory Snap-ins
3. Use any available domain controller
On testing this, the shutdown times (both for the server and the clients) were greatly increased.
Also the Group Policy objects (AD Container-->Properties-->Group Policy Tab) stopped functioning as they should have been (Policy not applied to the concerned object, etc.)

I will transfer PDC role first, RID, Domain naming then. Schema and Infrastructure master roles would remain with the DC till the time it is taken off the floor.

So, i am lookin for suggestion and opinions about the correct n efficient way of transferring the roles to the ADC with the least downtime possible.

Thanks for your effort.

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role note transefer properly?

by chaandm In reply to Moving FSMO Roles to ADC. ...

When i click on Domain Security Policy popup Group Policy Error box "Failed to open the group Policy Object. you may not have appropriate rights.
Details: The specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted.

my 1 domain is Hazell "" (, i create new server Hazel-Server ( and add with domain by DCPROMO to ADC. now i switch off main domain all client are access the new server but on the server with Administrator login i could not able to access GPO. it is asking main Domain server ...
please suggest me how to make this ADC Server to actual DC.

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