Nov 15

Initial synchronization requirements for Windows Server operations master role holders

It is important to know what needs to replicate before a FSMO server can operate as a FSMO.

This article describes the initial synchronization requirements for domain controllers that host operations master roles and that are running Microsoft Windows Server 2003 or Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 (SP3) or later. Initial synchronization must occur before dependent operations can occur in an Active Directory domain or forest.

Note The operations master roles are also known as flexible single master operations or FSMO.

Microsoft KB Article 305476: Initial synchronization requirements for Windows 2000 Server and Windows Server 2003 operations master role holders