windows xp profile question

Hello I have a client that has asked me for assisttance. He has a couple thousand users  taht login to a nt domain, he is moving toi a windows 2000 domain, but is not going to use active directory. His issue is he know you can go to the workstation, and connect them to the new domain, but this creates a new profile on teh machine, and he wants them yto have there same profile? any ideas?
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

Active directory IS the can't have a windows 2000 domain without having active directory.
2000 Server without AD is like chocolate milk without the chocolate :)
The active directory migration tool will allow a seamless migration of users, groups, and computers between the domains:
Ultimate Tool Kit for Technology Solution Provider

Broken down into practical pointers and step-by-step instructions, the IT Service Excellence Tool Kit delivers expert advice for technology solution providers. Get your free copy now.

Ditto, you can't have a domain without creating an active directory.
eberhardt2329Author Commented:
they have windows 2000 serfver and do not have active directory installed, and the have 30 + nt servers so yes they have windows 2000 server, and do not have active directory working they are working on nt domains. any idea how to make this work?
You CAN'T have 2000 domain without AD. It is one and the same.
They might have 2000 servers in an existing NT domain, but they are "stand alone" servers that are joined to NT domain.
If you want to upgrade to 2000 domain you can use ADMT "active dyrectoy migration tool" (get it fron microsoft web site)
That way you can copy all existing users to new domain and also transfer their "SIDs" to  a new domain. If you copy SIDs (security identifiers) then all the profiles on XP, 2000, NT4 workstations will stay usable as they were.

Good luck.
eberhardt2329Author Commented:
that is what they have a windows 2000 server in a windows nt domain. is there a way to do this not having active directory?
Sorry there is no other way to establish 2000 domain without AD.
But there will be nothing wrong if you build 2000 server with new AD and if you copy user accounts with ADMT (active directory migration tool) that way you can keep all your user profiles on XP or 2K workstations operational. You must keep in mind to leave active directory in "mixed mode" so that you can have your old NT servers operational in new domain (AD).

It works.
I did it in my firm and there were no big problems, just minor details and tweaks.

Hope this helps....

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.

Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.