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User profiles from Win XP Professional to Windows 2003 Domain server

Hi,

Is there a way that I can transfer local user profiles on a Windows XP workstation to a new Windows 2003 domain server?  If there is, what are the steps that I need to go through to accomplish this task?
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MazaraatCommented:
Do you mean that you want to add an XP workstation to your 2003 domain server and keep the local profile?

The easiest way is to logon as the user (username must match the domain username/password combe), join the domain using an account  that can join workstations to the domain (administrator).  This should transfer everything into the domain profile.

If that fails, restart the computer log on as the administrator, controlpanel->system->advanced tab->user profiles settings button->select the local profile you want then select 'copy to', click browse navigate to the user folder you want to transfer the profile to (probably c:\d&s\username.domainname), click ok.  Then under permitted to use click the change button and select your domain user account.  Depending on how big the profile was it may take awhile....
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Netman66Commented:
Yes.

Join the workstation to the domain.
Log in as the new user, then log out.
Log in as an Admin.
Right-click My Computer, select Properties.
Select the Advanced tab, then the Settings button under User Profiles.
Select the local user's profile then press Copy To.
Drill down to the top-level folder for the new domain profile under Documents and Settings using the Browse button.
Under Permitted to use, click Change.
Browse or type in the user's domain account then hit OK.

Once this copies and you want to make a roaming profile, then all you need to do is setup the profile info on the AD accounts, create the share and user folders, then go back to the same place as above to confirm the profile now shows "Roaming" - if it doesn't then you can Change Type right there.

Hope this helps.
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Netman66Commented:
Cheers Maz, I'm a bit slow with my typing!

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MazaraatCommented:
hehe, happens to me all the time =)
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MazaraatCommented:
If you logon as the user first after reboot, switch to admin and try to copy the account it will give you an error saying a file is in use =)
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Netman66Commented:
You need to log out - not switch user - no Fast User Switching allowed!

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MazaraatCommented:
oops I meant to say:

If you logon as the user first after reboot, logout and then logon as the admin and try to copy the account it will give you an error saying a file is in use =)
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Netman66Commented:
It shouldn't - as long as the profile you're trying to copy from and to are not loaded.

Did this happen to you when you attempted to copy the local Admin profile to a user profile - when logged in as Admin?

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