Computer account reset so comp out of domain, but need user profile on that machine
Posted on 2006-07-21
Okay well here is the scenario -- due to some miscommunication a user reset a computer account which disjoined a workstation from the domain (I believe it is XP pro) from a 2000 or 2003 domain. So when she tried to login with this account she go the error "windows can not connect to the domain either because the DC is down (which it wasnt) or otherwise unable or because computer acccount is not found"
Now the user account we want to logon to was named lets say Jake -- we could just rejoin this machine to the domain and then logon as Jake but that would wipe out Jake's local user profile which we would like to have when we logon
with his domain login.
Now we could just go into the local machine as admin and copy all the user data to an external drive and then just copy it into the new "Jake" after the machine is joined to the domain and the user logs in. However, it would be helpful to have all the settings:
Craylord solved a similar problem but was not sure if his solution applied:
Here is how he put it:
The key is to login to windows with the user first! Windows creates a profile folder at this time and associates it with the user account. Once this folder has been created, you can delete/rename it and rename/add the correct folder in its place. Skip the Advanced user copy button thing, takes waaaay too long. Once you get the hang of it, this process can be done in less than 5 minutes.
Restart and logon as a local administrator or another user with admin rights.
Rename the C:\documents and settings\username folder to username_bak
Delete (or rename) any bad folders that were created in a similar manner.
Add user to the pc's local administrators group. Login to pc with the "correctusername" or domain username. Restart and logon as a local administrator or another user with admin rights. (Restart is necessary because if you logoff, windows will still have some of the users files locked)
delete the newly created profile folder c:\documents and settings\correctusername folderrename the c:\documents and settings\username_bak to the name of "correctusername" (the
newuserfolder)Logout and login as the new user. Tada done. You may have to reconnect Outlook .pst files.
So, gentlemen, would Craylords solution apply or would this procedure have to be modified for this situation?