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Domain name change without creating new user profile?

Good Morning Experts,

Aside from the File and Settings Transfer Wizard or manually transfering profiles under Documents and Settings folder, is there a way to have a workstation join a domain and not be forced to create a new user profile on the local machine?

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Dushan De SilvaCommented:
Sometimes following solution might help for you.


BR Dushan
Hi oceanbeach,

you cannot join a domain and not have a new user profile - it is like trying to log on with a local user account and not have a new profile created - just not possible

there should be a profile on domain server bcz profile u cannot have any desktop settings what u can do is copy ur profile in a folder and share it and then in profile tab of active directory user & computer define that unc path to that profile & u will be able to get that profile for that selected user
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oceanbeachAuthor Commented:
thanks for all the input.

BR Dushan...currently, i am unable to view ee solutions.  this is pretty much the same answer i keep finding.

JAY_JAY70...this is pretty much the same answer i keep finding.

waqaswasib...i have not tried this, but i do not think it will achieve what i want.

i guess my question could have been a little more complete.  what i have found [as reiterated by you experts] is that this is not possible.  to overly simplify my 'is it possible to join a domain and have the newly created user account be copied from an existing local user account?'  i suppose that answer would be the File and Settings Transfer Wizard or manually transferring profiles under Documents and Settings folder.  those just seem like extra steps to task that could be faster and easier.  this does not seem to be unusual of an occurrence.  an executive leaving one company [domain] for another company [domain] usually wants to keep their computer working environment the same.

ponits to all!  i will close this question shortly.  thanks again experts.

i can understand your frustration, but the quickest way is to use the profile copy, nothing i have ever seen does it quicker or easier :)
Dushans link basically jsut outlined what happens when you join the domain with profile creation - nothing else in there
oceanbeachAuthor Commented:
Thanks Jay_Jay70,

copying the profile is what is usually do, but once I had a quickbooks corruption issue for a CFO, which is why is asked the question.

Thanks again to all!
ahhh i see i see

thanks mate

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