Operations master roles (also known as flexible single master operations or FSMO) are configured by default when Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) is installed. Typically, these roles do not require ongoing management. However, for a change such as a replacement of a domain controller, you may have to transfer the operations master roles to another domain controller. As a last resort in case you cannot transfer an operations master role, you can seize the role to another domain controller.

Managing an operations master role

The following table lists the steps that you can take to transfer or seize an operations master role.

  Step Reference
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Transfer an operations master role.

Transferring an Operations Master Role (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=93239)

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Seize an operations master role.

Seizing an Operations Master Role (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=93240)