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Copy cached profile to local user profile (removing clients from domain)

Posted on 2004-08-11
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We are moving from a Windows 2000 AD server structure to Novell Netware.  Currently, our clients (mix of 2000/XP) are all pointed to a common domain.  The idea is to remove them from the domain by putting them in a workgroup and thus create a local profile.  The question is: Is there any way to copy the domain profile to the new local user profile?  I have tried to do a copy from the cached profile to the local profile while logged in as the local administrator but, of course, the local administrator does not have rights to the cached profile.
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by:dlwyatt82
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Are you using Roaming Profiles at all, or does each user have a profile for each machine they might happen to log into?

Assuming you're using local profiles, here's a general indication of what will happen on any given PC:

- The user's domain account currently has a profile in folder "c:\Documents and Settings\%Username%"
- When you create a local account for the user on the PC, the new account will have a profile folder created, most likely called "%c:\documents and settings\%Username%.%PCName%"
- When both profiles are created, you can open the System Control Panel, select the User Profiles tab, highlight the DOMAINNAME\Username profile, click Copy To, and browse to the folder of the new account profile.

NOTE - If you remove the PC from your domain before the new local account is created (or before the profile has been copied), you will no longer see "DOMAIN\User" in the profile list for their old account. Instead, it will be listed as "Account Unknown", and you might have to figure out exactly which one is the profile you want to copy. I would recommend going through the profile copy process just before removing the PC from your active directory.
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by:mikeleebrla
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the local administrator should have rights to EVERYTHING on a local computer,,,, if not,,, you need to take ownership of the file/folder and give the local admin account rights.
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by:jdeclue
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the local administrator can not write over his own profile, as it is open. To do that you would create another administrator account to copy the profiles areound. Here is a link to similiar profile issues:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/Win2000/Q_21075969.html
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by:mikeleebrla
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well obviously you can't overwrite open files,,, i assumed that was understood.
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This issue was resolved through the use of a 3rd party utility in conjunction with Zenworks
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Moderators: Please delete this question.
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My first answer is correct, and does work. User found his own way... but I beat him to the punch.

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