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When you transfer the primary domain controller (PDC) Flexible Single Master Operation (FSMO) role from one domain controller to another, event 12297 may be logged in the System event log with the name of the new PDC. However, this event may be logged on all domain controllers in the domain with the name of the local domain controller as the name of the new PDC. The event message is not correct and is only valid for the new PDC.
The event is logged every time a PDC role change is detected. The code that logs the event does not check whether the local domain controller becomes the PDC.
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This event does not affect the role transfer; you can ignore the messages on other domain controllers.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article. This problem was first corrected in Windows 2000 Service Pack 2.