Who are the Operation Masters?

In a previous certification related article, I outlined the different Operation Masters in Windows Server 2003 (and Windows 2000). It is definitely a popular exam topic. You should know what each role does (which was previously discussed) as well as how to determine which server on your network is functioning as a particular operation master.

Determining which Server is the Domain Naming Master

  1. Click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and click Active Directory Domains and Trusts.

  2. Within the management console, right click Active Directory Domains and Trusts and click Operation Masters.
  3. The Change Operations Master window appears listing the current Domain naming operations master for the forest.

Determining which Server is the Schema Master

  1. Click Start, click Run and type in mmc. Press Enter or click OK.

  2. Within the console window click File and click Add/Remove snap-in. Click Add.
  3. From the list of available snap-ins, click Active Directory Schema and click Add. Click Close and click OK.
  4. Right click the Active Directory Schema and click Operations Master.
  5. The Change Schema Master window lists the current Schema Master for the forest and allows you to transfer the role to another server.

Determining which Server is the PDC Emulator

  1. Click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and click Active Directory Users and Computers.

  2. From within the management console, right click the domain name and click Operations Master.
  3. The Operations Masters window appears. Click the PDC tab. The current PDC Emulator for the domain is listed. Clicking the Change button allows you to transfer the role to another domain controller in the domain.
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