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Transfer FSMO Roles To A 2012 Server

The following guide shows how to migrate the FSMO roles, to a new server.

Log onto the Windows Server 2012 DC, open a command prompt and enter the following command to determine current holder of the FSMO roles:


– While still logged into the Windows Server 2012 DC, open Active Directory Domains and Trust via Tools menu


– Right-click on Active Directory Domains and Trust and click on Change Active Directory Domain Controller… (Note: the current directory server is my Windows Server 2008R2 DC)


– Now select your Windows Server 2012 DC and click OK


– Right-click on Active Directory Domains and Trust and click on Operations Master…


– Now you should have your Domain naming operations master role holder as your Windows Server 2008R2 Dc and the transfer to DC as your Windows Server 2012 DC


– Click on Change and click on Yes to proceed with the role transfer


– You should get a pop-up indicating the transfer was successful.


– The Domain naming operations master holder should now be the Windows Server 2012 DC

2. Transferring PDC, Infrastructure and RID roles

– Open Active Directory Users and Computers

– Right-click on the domain name and click on Operations Master…


– On the RID tab, click Change and accept the change. Repeat same for both PDC and Infrastructure roles


3. Transferring the Schema master role

– Open command prompt as Administrator, type in the following command and press enter

regsvr32 schmmgmt.dll

– The schmmgmt.dll should successfully register


– Open the MMC console and add the Active Directory Schema object. If the domain controller connected to is the schema role holder, then right-click on the schema and click Change Active Directory Domain Controller…


– Select your Windows 2012 DC and click OK. Accept the schema message


– Right-click again on the schema object and click Operations Master…


– Click on Change to transfer the role


– Accept the change


– You should get a message indicating the schema role was successfully transferred


– Run the following command to confirm the FSMO role holder which in this case should be your Windows Server 2012 DC

netdom query fsmo


Get Expression Web 4 (or Expression Studio 4) Free!

Microsoft have announced that existing users of Expression Web 3, will get Expression Web 4 at no charge when it’s available. Existing users of Expression Studio 3 will receive version 4 at no charge.

The official release date hasn’t been disclosed yet, but by looking at similar Microsoft offers, it should be released in 1 or 2 months.

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Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor

Download and run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor to see if your PC is ready for Windows 7. It scans your hardware, devices, and installed programs for known compatibility issues, gives you guidance on how to resolve potential issues found, and recommends what to do before you upgrade.

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Windows 7 Upgrade Scenarios

Well, it’s come to this. My attempt to understand and document the ways in which you can clean install Windows 7 with Upgrade media (see my previous article on this topic) has opened the proverbial can of worms. While I wish that Microsoft had stepped up to the plate months ago and simply described the ways in which this process can work, they have not, at least not adequately. And with millions of people purchasing Upgrade versions of Windows 7 without fully understanding what they’ve gotten into, it’s pretty clear that someone needs to confront the challenge of figuring this all out.

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