Transferring operations master roles

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Transferring operations master roles

Transferring an operations master role means moving it from one domain controller to another with the cooperation of the original role holder. Depending upon the operations master role to be transferred, you perform the role transfer using one of the three Active Directory consoles in Microsoft Management Console (MMC).

Role Console in MMC

Schema master

Active Directory Schema

Domain naming master

Active Directory Domains and Trusts

RID masterĀ 

Active Directory Users and ComputersĀ 

PDC emulator master

Active Directory Users and Computers

Infrastructure master

Active Directory Users and Computers

For general information about operations master roles, see Operations master roles.


  • The operations master roles are sometimes called flexible single master operations (FSMO) roles.

For procedures describing the transfer of operations master roles, see: