If you have multiple servers and you want to manage what server manages what roles on your network then you can mix and match where you FSMO roles are, additionally if you are introducing a new domain controller to you network that is a lot more powerful than your older servers then it may be an idea to move your FSMO roles to this server.

This section describes the functionality and interactions of each operations master.

Operations masters use the same protocols as other domain controllers.

RPC is a powerful, robust, efficient, and secure interprocess communication (IPC) mechanism that enables data exchange and invocation of functionality residing in a different process.

That different process can be on the same computer, on the local area network (LAN), or across the Internet.

LDAP is the preferred and most common way of interacting with AD DS.

Protocol for replication (REPL), domain controller management communications, and SAM-related communications.

This can be done via command line or through the GUI.

Follow the step byt step guide below to transfer your FSMO roles Before we start make sure the user your logged in as a domin administrator that is a schema administrator Transferring the RID Master, PDC Emulator, and Infrastructure Masters via GUI To Transfer the Domain-Specific RID Master, PDC Emulator, and Infrastructure Master FSMO Roles: Transferring the FSMO Roles via Ntdsutil To transfer the FSMO roles from the Ntdsutil command: Caution: Using the Ntdsutil utility incorrectly may result in partial or complete loss of Active Directory functionality.

The schema contains the master list of object classes and attributes that are used to create all AD DS objects, such as computers, users, and printers.