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Keep user's desktop settings while changing from workgroup to domain

Posted on 2006-07-07
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Scenario: A number of XP Pro desktops, all in a common workgroup using a Windows 2000 server in workgroup mode. Users have customized their desktops in the usual wild ways. Now we've added a Windows 2003 server and we need to connect to this machine in domain mode. The problem (for me) is that I can't figure out how to keep each users' desktop settings when I make the change to domain.  I won't even talk about installing roaming profiles yet -- I think the first issue is just to get them up and running on their own machines.

I'd appreciate your input on this -- I'm very comfortable with XP, and not very familiar with 2000 or 2003 server.

TIA -- cheers, Dallas
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dhintonca,
Once you connect the computer to the domain it should create a new profile in C:\Documents and Settings. If the profile name was "Joe" in the workgroup, at the next login, there should probably be a new profile created called "Joe.<domain name>". You can then copy the "Joe" profile to the "Joe.domain" profile. This will preserve the profile settings.
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=234548
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That's what I thought it should do, but it seems to lose data such as outlook and desktop settings. Perhaps I need to do the copy from an account other than the users?
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Are you sure about that? Desktop settings and Outlook settings are stored in that profile...if you are copying it over properly there shouldn't be any trouble.
To make sure, reboot the computer (this is important in order to make sure no users have any files locked in their profiles)...and log on as a local administrator.
Right-click My Computer, and then click Properties. On the User Profiles tab, click the local profile that contains the settings you want, and then click Copy To.
In the Copy profile to box, click Browse, and then browse to the folder that contains the profiles. The default folder for profiles is C:\Documents and Settings. Click the domain accounts folder, which by default has the Netbios name of the domain appended to the username. Click OK.
This probably isn't necessary but MS also notes:
Click Change, add the appropriate permissions to the domain user account so that it can use the profile, and then click OK until you return to the desktop.
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That got it -- many thanks indeed!!

Cheers, Dallas
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