Transfering roaming profiles.

Posted on 2005-05-05
Last Modified: 2010-04-12
Now that I have set up a new PDC I want to transfer the roaming profiles to the new PDC. How would I go about doing this?
Question by:dorato99
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    here is a good guide for what you want to do (as well as a lot of background information so you know WHY you are doing it)

    page 2 has the actual work that needs doing

    i am seeing if there is anything else (from microsoft) but no luck yet

    i will keep looking, but start reading that

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    hang a sec, just re-read that document

    it was not necessarily designed for roaming profiles - sorry

    to move the roaming profiles - physically move the data from on server to another and make sure it is shared on the new server

    ie.,  \\server1\profiles\*   ->    \\server2\profiles\*

    once you have moved all the folders over to the new share - check the permissions on each folder - a user should have total access to their profile, and domain admins should as well

    once that is done (it is best to do this with no-one on the network) then in active directory, change the users pfile path to reflect the new location

    the above guid is FAR more relevant

    sorry again for any confusion

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    Transffering romaing profile is not an easy task. You need to perform some manual steps. First you will copy all roaming profiles from server to server and then editing registry to change the location and profile path. Copying roaming profile is just like moving it to another server.

    1. First copy roaming profiles to another server. You can copy roaming profiles using Robocopy.exe (a Windows resource kit utility) so you won't loose permissions on profile.
    2. Secondly change the profile path in registry. This article describes how to change the path in Registry for the profile.

    How to Move usre profiles: -

    4. You need to edit Registry Hive (Ntuser.dat) file for each user and then assigning permissions for them. I have something to tell you here........let me go back.......


    You can also use User Stat Migration Tool (USMT) to transfer settings of user to another computer: -

    Let me know.


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