Setup: Active directory domain with many domain controllers

Problem: You want to move FSMO roles to another domain controller


You can move the Active Directory (AD) from the command prompt using PowerShell in just a few seconds with PowerShell.

Make sure you import the Active Directory PowerShell module:

Import-Module activedirectory

Transfer all the FSMO roles at once, or one by one:

Move-ADDirectoryServerOperationMasterRole -Identity "<DC_Name>" -OperationMasterRole PDCEmulator, RIDMaster, InfrastructureMaster, SchemaMaster, DomainNamingMaster

There are five FSMO roles to transfer:


  • RIDMaster
  • InfrastructureMaster
  • SchemaMaster
  • DomainNamingMaster

To check which FSMO roles are on what domain controller, from the command prompt run

netdom query /d: fsmo

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