Move a domain controller between sites

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

To move a domain controller between sites

  1. Open Active Directory Sites and Services.

  2. In the console tree, right-click the domain controller that you want to move to a different site, and then click Move.


    • Active Directory Sites and Services/Sites/site that contains the domain controller you want to move/Servers/domain controller to be moved
  3. In the Move Server dialog box, click the site to which you want to move the domain controller.


  • To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Domain Admins group (in the domain of the selected domain controller) or the Enterprise Admins group in Active Directory, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. As a security best practice, consider using Run as to perform this procedure. For more information, see Default local groups, Default groups, and Using Run as.

  • To open Active Directory Sites and Services, click Start, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Active Directory Sites and Services.

  • This procedure can be used to move member servers, as well as domain controllers, between sites.

  • Before you move a domain controller to a different site, verify that the IP address of the domain controller is included in the range of IP addresses defined in a subnet of that site.

  • You can also drag server objects to move them.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

See Also


Sites overview
Active Directory server roles

Other Resources

Locating a domain controller