Transfer the operations master roles for Windows SBS 2011 Essentials migration

The operations master (also called flexible single master operations or FSMO) roles must be transferred from the Source Server to the Destination Server within 21 days of installing Windows SBS 2011 Essentials  on the Destination Server.
 To transfer the FSMO roles
1.    On the Source Server, open a command prompt window as administrator. See To open a Command Prompt window as an Administrator. (right mouse click command and run as admin)
2.    At the command prompt, type NETDOM QUERY FSMO and press ENTER. (this is just checking where the roles are…they will currently be on your SBS 2003


3.    At the command prompt, type ntdsutil and press ENTER.
4.    At the ntdsutil command prompt, enter the following commands:
a.    Type activate instance NTDS, and then press ENTER.
b.    Type roles, and then press ENTER.
c.    Type connections, and then press ENTER.
d.    Type connect to server <servername> (where <servername> is the name of the domain controller to which you want to assign the FSMO role), and then press ENTER.

(you might need to remind yourself of that name of the server if you didn’t write it on your documents)
e.    At the command prompt, type q, and then press ENTER.
•    Type transfer PDC, press ENTER, and then click Yes in the Role Transfer Confirmation dialog box.


•    Type transfer infrastructure master, and then press ENTER. Click Yes in the Role Transfer Confirmation dialog box.
•    Type transfer naming master, and press ENTER. Click Yes on the Role Transfer Confirmation dialog box.
•    Type transfer RID master, and press ENTER. Click Yes on the Role Transfer Confirmation dialog box.
•    Type transfer schema master, and press ENTER. Click Yes on the Role Transfer Confirmation dialog box.

(this is what it will look like)


f.    Type q, and then press ENTER until you return to the command prompt.

(you’ll need to type q enter and q enter to get back to a c prompt)
 Note
You can verify the FSMO roles have been transferred to the Destination Server from any server on the network. First, open a Command Prompt window as an administrator (see To open a Command Prompt window as an Administrator). Then, type netdom query fsmo and press ENTER.

Note it’s at this moment that the 21 day count down on SBS 2003 starts.  You now have 21 days to finish the migration… that includes doing someting with the email and Exchange.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/255504 It’s basically doing that KB manually.

 

2 Responses to Transfer the operations master roles for Windows SBS 2011 Essentials migration

  1. EricE says:

    So I take it I can’t join an SBS Essentials server to my SBS 2011 domain if I want to use Essentials for workstation backup and a backup target for my SBS 2011 server?

    Bummer… Then again I guess it doesn’t really matter if the Essentials server is part of the domain or not anyway.

  2. bradley says:

    The two won’t work together. Both must be DCs, both can’t see another SBS box.

    You need to look at Windows Storage Server Essentials r2 as the domain-joinable client backup for SBS 2011 standard you want.