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Hi all I have an existing domain in place and a box thats set up for AD. Sadly the company who set this system up didnt do things correctly so part of my clients connect to the AD server part do not. SO I set up a new AD server with a new domain what I need to do now is create new users in the new domain and then join each client the issue I am running into is how do I preserve the users settings * files, email settings ext. I have heard you can do it with files/ settings wizard but ive never used it and I dont really have a non critical machine to try it out on so I want to make sure I know what I am doing (at least sort of) before I move forward. I also read something about unjoining the domain and renaming the local user folders or something along those lines. I have about 40 client computers to swtich over to the new domain so I will be doing them a few over time. any thoughts or information on a tool to do such or some decent instructions on how to use the file transfer wizard would be wonderful. What I am worried about is the file wizard to my understanding saves domain info as well am I wrong? thanks again in advance!
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1. Click Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Files and Settings Transfer Wizard.

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1. Insert the Windows XP CD-ROM and allow it to bring up its Welcome Screen. > Select "Perform additional tasks." > Select "Transfer files and settings."

2. Select "Old Computer"

3. The system will grind away for quite some time.

4. Select the media you wish to backup to. I STRONGLY suggest network storage or removable USB Media (it will show up under the "Floppy Drive" option) - User data takes up far too much space for floppies/CD's these days.

5. On the next screen, you get a choice of what data you wish to pull over.

6. The collection process runs - this takes a long while. Go get lunch.

7. Provided there were no errors, you'll get the competion screen.

The import procedure is basically the same process, except select "New Computer" on the new computer. :)

Now for the Caveats:

Passwords are not transferred: http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=283734

If the user has a lot of data, you will swear that the system is locked up - be patient, check for HDD activity - sometimes this takes an amazingly long time.

Display Resolution does not always transfer - sometimes you need to manually adjust on the new system. (I believe this happens whenever the two systems have incompaitble video cards)

Hope this helps!




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Oh, and here's a list of what is transferred:

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=304903
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Thanks that is very helpful I am going to look over the list now. Do domain settings transfer also?
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I cant belive it doesnt migrate out look...
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The transfer wizard will support the migration of connection information, your signature file, views, mail rules, local mail, and contacts. The mail clients supported are Outlook and Outlook Express.
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Be sure you have updated to the latest service pack - the files & settings transfer wizard has been updated several times since it's initial release.
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Thanks mkdonohue that worked quite well
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