Copy Domain Profile Without Losing Settings - What's the Best Way?
Posted on 2005-05-03
Recently the hard drive that held the OS on our SBS 2003 server failed and I had to reinstall (btw... restoring AD via Backup Exec. just plain doesn't work... don't bother!). We now have a fresh OS on a new hard drive and we've named everything exactly as it was (same domain name as before). It seems that the proper way of reconnecting clients to the fresh install of SBS is to rejoin their PCs to the domain by simply typing over the old domain with the same domain name (via System Properties - Computer Name tab). Once I do this, the server recognizes and trusts the client. However, as I had guessed, the Users' profiles are recreated as "user.domain" or in some cases "user.domain.000" and they lose all their settings from the old profile.
Is there a way to minimize the loss of settings? I can't seem to find a way to copy the settings. I've copied the files from one profile to the next, but all the MS Office settings, for example, are completely lost.
Is there a way to use Files and Settings Transfer Wizard in this scenario? I would assume not, since the transfer typically requires two PCs and still won't provide the correct SID to the newly recreated domain. Is there a tool I'm missing? I tried using the Profile Copy feature (System Properties - Advanced - User Profiles) ...under all but the local administrator profile, the option to copy is greyed out. I tried logged in as local admin and domain admin... same results.
Any ideas on the best way to get their settings back the way they were?