Seize Active Directory Roles


Sometimes, things go wrong faster than you expected or planned for.
To that end, on with the seizing roles from other Active Directory roles!

On the server you want to move the roles to do this;
Run the command prompt as admin
type the following;

  1. ntdsutil
  2. roles
  3. connections
  4. connect to server <your new server name>
  5. q
  6. ? (this will give you the commands you can run and let you know which roles you can seize) example; seize schema master

It will try to do all this in a nicey-nice way but if the current DC is offline it will fail and the seize the role.
I have probably now done this, I would guess, about 3 times in my current 20 years of IT experience.
It’s not likely you will need this very often… hence the blog post!


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