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I've recently deployed windows sever 2003 in a transfer from a workgroup to domain environment. DNS seems to be okay, and I have managed to created user accounts and lo on to the domain. The question is how to I transfer the settings from the account on the local computer to the domain account, as when I log on using a new domain account I get the default set of menus, desktop icons etc.

Thanks in advance, Bongo2k3
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by:Gareth Gudger
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If you log into the client as the Domain or Local Admin you can find the files under the Documents and Settings folder under each "username". You can manually move these documents into the new profile.

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C:\Documents and Settings\%oldusername%\My Documents

C:\Documents and Settings\%newusername%\My Documents


Another way to do it is to go the System Properties/Profile section (be logged in as Admin again) and copy the old profile over the new one. The only disadvantage with this is that it will overwrite everything in the new profile. So if your users have already been user it then you want to proceed with caution. The above method is more time consuming and tedious but allows for selective copying.
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by:daveboyle99
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thanks diggisaur I have managed to copy the start menu items and desktop settings over. where is the system properties/profile section that you talk about?
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It is under the "Advanced" tab under "System Properties". You will see a "Settings" button under the "User Profiles" section. Beware this method will overwrite the new profile completely.
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by:CrimeScene
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That's the MANUAL way.  An automated (and more complete) way is to use the WinXP "File and Settings Transfer Wizard" found under ACCESSORIES, SYSTEM TOOLS.

This process involves logging in as the LOCAL user, running that tool, then logging in as the DOMAIN user, and running the tool again.

I've found that just transferring SETTINGS ONLY runs more quickly than choosing the all files and settings option.

Excerpt from Microsoft:

Use Files and Settings Transfer Wizard To Transfer Files:

Get the files and settings from the old computer:
Click Start, click Accessories, click System Tools, and then click Files and Settings Transfer Wizard.
Click Next, click Old Computer, and then click Next.
Select a transfer method, such as Floppy Drive or Other (such as a removable or network drive), and then click Next.
Select the appropriate option for the items that you want to transfer:
Settings only
Files only
Both files and settings
Customize
Click Next, click OK, and then click Finish.
On the New Computer:
Click Start, click Accessories, click System Tools, and then click Files and Settings Transfer Wizard.
Click Next, and then click New Computer.
Click to select the I don't need a Windows XP CD-ROM. I have already collected my files and settings from my old computer check box.
Select Floppy drive or Other, depending on how you stored your files.
Select Yes or No to log off of the computer. The new settings do not take effect until you log off.
Click Finish.
NOTE: The transfer method under Direct Cable only supports serial ports and cable, and not parallel ports and cable.
 

 

You can use the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard in Windows XP to migrate a user's files and settings from one Windows XP-based computer to another Windows XP-based computer. The wizard supports the migration of files and settings from the following operating systems:

Microsoft Windows 95
Microsoft Windows 98
Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition
Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me)
Microsoft Windows NT 4.0
Microsoft Windows 2000
The Files and Settings Transfer Wizard can also transfer settings for third-party programs. Note that the wizard does not transfer or install the actual programs, it only transfers the settings for the programs. In order for these settings to take effect on the Windows XP-based computer, the programs must be installed on the target computer before you migrate the settings.


**** Programs Whose Settings Are Migrated ****

Program Name
 Version
 Program Vendor
 
Adobe Acrobat Reader 4
 4
 Adobe
 
Adobe Acrobat Reader 5
 5
 Adobe
 
AOL Instant Massenger (AIM)
 4.3.2
 America Online
 
Command Prompt
 5.1
 
 
CuteFTP
 4.2.2
 GlobalScape, Inc
 
Eudora Pro
 5.1
 Qualcomm
 
FrontPage
 4.02
 Microsoft
 
GetRight
 4.3
 GetRight Software
 
GoZilla
 3.92
 Go!Zilla, Radiate, Inc
 
ICQ 2000b
 4.60 b #3278
 Mirabilis
 
Lotus Smart Suite
 9.6
 Lotus
 
Money 2001
 9
 Microsoft
 
MSN Explorer
 1
 Microsoft
 
MSN Messenger
 3.5
 Microsoft
 
MusicMatch Jukebox
 6.00.0270
 IDG
 
NetMeeting
 3.01 SP2
 Microsoft
 
Odigo
 3
 Odigo, Inc.
 
Photoshop 6.0
 6.01
 Adobe
 
Prodigy Internet
 5
 Prodigy Services
 
Publisher
 2000
 Microsoft
 
Quicken 2001 Suite
 1
 Intuit
 
Quicken Home and Business 2001
 2001
 Intuit
 
QuickTime
 4.1.2
 Apple Computers
 
Real Jukebox 2 Basic
 1.0.2.340
 RealNetworks
 
Real Player 8 Basic
 6.0.9.450
 RealNetworks
 
Roger Wilco
 Mk1c Mod1
 
 
Sidewinder Game Voice
 1.1
 Microsoft
 
Sonique
 1.9
 Sonique
 
Winamp v2.73
 2.73
 Nullsoft
 
Windows Media Player
 8
 Microsoft
 
Windows Movie Maker
 1.1
 Microsoft
 
Winzip
 8
 Nico Mac Computing
 
Word Perfect Office
 Office 2002
 Corel
 
Works 2001
 6
 Microsoft
 
WS_FTP LE
 6.6
 IPSwitch
 
Yahoo! Messenger
 3.5
 Yahoo!
 
Zone
 None
 Microsoft
 
The third-party products that are discussed in this article are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding the performance or reliability of these products.



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by:daveboyle99
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Thamks guys. Used a combination of these methods.
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