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moving user settings from one domain to another domain

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Hello, we will be changing from an NT 4 domain to a new 2003 domain. we have a new DC server with users that we created from the NT4 domain. we have 98, 2000, xp stations on the old domain that will be adding to the new domain. when ever a new user logs in to a station on 2000 and xp, it creates a profile(c:\documents and settings\username.domain). is it possible to copy a profile of a user to another domain. I tried coping everything under the C:\documents and settings\username.olddomain to C:\documents and settings\user.newdomain but it did not work. I want all the users from the old domain to keep the setting they had on their computers. the profiles are saved on each computer for users that logon to the stations. any advise will be helpfull. thanks.
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1. Edit...

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList

Under this key find the SID that matches the account....basically click on each item below and then over on the right side look at the value of ProfileImagePath.  This value point to the location of the profile..so look for the one that has c:\documents and settings\username.newdomain and edit it to point to the old profile.  

2. Make sure that the new user has Full control under the security tab of the folder you specify for it under the ProfileImagePath.

3. Goto regedit, expand HKEY_USERS...make sure HKEY_USERS is higlighted.  In XP, goto File, Load Hive, browse out to the folder that you pointed the ProfileImagePath to and find the ntuser.dat file and open it.  It will ask you for a name and you can name it anything random...it is just for display this one time in the registry.  Then change permissions by going to edit menu.  Give the new user full control of this.  Then make sure you click on the hive you loaded....it will be under HKEY_USERS as the name you specified when opening it....highlight it and goto File and unload hive.  In Win2000, you will need to use regedt32 to load the hive and change permissions and unload the hive.

Dis

Notes:  It will not work if you forget to edit security on the hive or unload the hive, forget to rename the ProfileImagePath or forget to edit security on the appropriate folder.  I always forget something...well not always but sometimes.....
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I have more than 200 pc's, is there anything easier and less risk.
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