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Migrating profiles from a workgroup to a Win 2K3 server domain

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Last Modified: 2010-04-18
I am having a bad time with this.  I've dealt with workgroups and SBS 2K3 that grabs the existing profiles from a machine that was on a workgroup.

But on this 2K3 server domain I am working on / rebuilding, I am having a heck of a time.

How do you keep the existing user profile when you move from a workgroup to a server 2k3 domain?  I've had to recreate Outlook Express settings, move files, shortcuts, favorites, etc., the wallpaper is different, the placement of icons is different, etc.  lots of stress from the non-techie users that don't like things to change.

what should i be doing?!
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you copy it.  

a) using the users desktop, Login as the user on the domain  (This will create a base profile...note the approx time that you do this...as it will help you locate the domain user profile later)

1) Login as the domain administrator to the desktop.
2) Right click MY COMPUTER and choose properties
3) Click the ADVANCED tab and then click SETTINGS next to USER PROFILES
4) HIGHLIGHT the local user profile that you want to copy.  Now click COPY TO  A new window will open...browse to the user's domain cached profile saved  (from step A) on the local PC:  c:\document and settings\bobdomain   On the permissions, give the domain user full permissions.
5) click OK to finalize...

login as the user.

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