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I have a client who has an existing network.  Recently, they decided to make the server a domain controller.  That went fine.  The client machines can log onto the domain and access thier shared files.  The problem is, most of the programs they ran locally on thier computers that run at startup (most importantly, thier anti-virus) no longer loads at startup, and with the antivirus(which is norton 2003) even running it manually doesn't work (real time protection can not be enabled, for example)

On the one machine I have been testing with, I was able to get all the desktop settings to work by going under documents and settings and copying and pasting all the info from the local account under the new domain user settings.  But still can't get some of the programs to work.

Well, I hope all this makes sense, and any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Rick
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by:Sembee
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Presuming that the client machines have been added to the domain correctly, probably the simpliest option would be to just reinstall the applications when logged in to the machine with an account that is a domain admin. That will reset everything to run on a domain enabled machine and the applications should run correctly.

You should also check that the DNS settings on the client machines are pointing to the domain controller ONLY. A common error when the change is mad eis to leave them as they were and slow login times and general networking is the result.

Simon.
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by:bluzeman
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I've already considered the reinstall option, but it would be a last resort.  Too many machines and too many programs.

The problem appears to be that, according to the client machine, I'm effectively logging in as a different user.  Under documents and settings, there is a folder for a user we'll call Mary.  After setting it up to log into the domain, there is a folder for Mary.MyDomain.  I DID go into the original folder, selected all files and folders, including hidden files, and copied and pasted it all to Mary.MyDomain.  That gave me all the desktop settings I had before when I logged into the domain.  However, when I log into the domain, the registry is looking at "current" user, and shows only the basic windows stuff under khey_currentuser_software.

So I guess the answer to the problem would be to somehow have the registry include everything from the former user.  Is that possible?  And if so, how could it be implemented?

Rick
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A domain account and a local account are seen by windows as two different accounts, even if the username part is the same.

The usual way to get the profiles moved is to use the option in My Computer.
Restart the machine (which releases all the locks on the files and registry).
Login to the machine as another user with admin rights - this can either be a domain admin or someone who is part of the local admin group. Cannot be either the user you want to copy the profile from or copy the profile to.
Right click on My Computer and choose Properties.
Click on the "Advanced" tab and then choose "User Profiles".
You will see a list of user profiles on the machine.

domain\mary
workstation\mary

Pick the old one (workstation\mary) and choose Copy to.
Browse to the location of the new profile (c:\documents and settings\mary.domain)
Change the "Permitted to use" to include domain\mary.
Click ok.

When done, reboot (again to release the locks).
When the machine comes back, you should be able to login on the domain and see everything that you could see when logged in to the workstation.

Simon.
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by:bluzeman
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Hey, Simon, that did the trick!  Thanks a million!  Er, uh, thanks 250 at least (points) :)

I had already copied the info under documents and settings manually, but it would seem the "permitted to use" thing is what was missing.

Once again, thank you!

Rick
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