User files and adding portable to Windows Server 2003 domain

Posted on 2006-04-03
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
We have a portable that is used as a stand alone XP machine.
Currently, the portable has auto login as a default local user and of course this user has their own files on the HD and specifically in My Documents etc.

My understanding is that when the machine is joined to the domain and rebooted, a domain type login will be displayed.
When a valid domain user (not the local user) logs into the portable, their domain profile will be copied to the local Doc & Settings folder.

1. Can I assume the local users files and login (by selecting the local machine at the login prompt) will be unaffected.
2. How could the local user be migrated to be a full domain user with a roaming profile
3. Do the users files, especially Outlook/email settings get copied to the server during process 2) or do all the users files have to be copied over separately.
4. Is there any risk to the current users local files on the portable (obvisously we will back it up before all this)
5. What happens to the local users files (if anything) and the domain users files on the portable if and when the portable is rejoined to the WORKGROUP (i.e. removed from the domain).

Question by:sheepfarmer
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    Accepted Solution

    1. Yes. Each and every user will have a unique are in Documents and Settings\xxuser where there config and My Documents are stored. If they are the same name then the domain user will look like "Documents and Settings\user.domain" this will keep them seperated.

    2. You will need to set up their profile and then "copy" all their settings across. Easiest way is create a domain user then, as Administrator, copy all the relevent bits like Favourites, Desktop, Programs, My Documents etc across to the new user. Assuming any applications installed would be available to all, they will be held in the ALL USERS folder.

    3. Only after you do my #2 above.

    4. Not if you copy. They will still be there for local logins. Even when off the network and using cached credentials, you will still get the domain user details.

    5. Once removed from the domain, the profiles will remain on the hard disk. However, you will not be able to access the domain users login directly as the laptop will not know about the domain anymore and so cached credentials will not work. You will need to reverse #2 to copy all their data back to a local user account.

    Hope this helps

    Author Comment

    I was hoping there would be some local to domain user conversion, but no matter.

    Thanks for a useful reply.

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