Transfer FSMO role from Windows server 2012 R2 Essentials to Windows Server 2022

Luca Lafranchi 20 Reputation points
2023-03-29T12:52:40.4366667+00:00

I don't wish to do an upgrade of the windows 2012 R2 Essentials server,

but I want to transfer the FSMO roles to a new Windows server 2022 and then drop the WSE 2012.

Has anyone done this yet?

Are there any restrictions for moving roles from an Essentials version to a Standard version?

Can someone explain to me the steps to follow?

Thank you

Best regards

Luca

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  1. Dave Patrick 426.2K Reputation points MVP
    2023-03-29T13:22:57.1366667+00:00

    Yes, absolutely not a problem.

    The two prerequisites to introducing the first 2019 or 2022 domain controller are that domain functional level needs to be 2008 or higher and older sysvol FRS replication needs to have been migrated to DFSR

    I'd use dcdiag / repadmin tools to verify health correcting all errors found before starting any operations. Then stand up the new 2019 or 2022, patch it fully, license it, join existing domain, add active directory domain services, promote it also making it a GC (recommended), transfer FSMO roles over (optional), transfer pdc emulator role (optional), use dcdiag / repadmin tools to again verify health, when all is good you can decommission / demote old one.

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