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Migrating Local Accounts to Domain Accounts.

Posted on 2006-10-30
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Hi there,

Currently we have a regional office where users have been using local administrator accounts to log onto their computers.  Recently we created a domain for this office, and are looking to migrate all the users local accounts to domain accounts without those users loosing their profiles and settings.

Is there anyway, or any tool, that can be used to automatically do this migration.  I have looked at the User State Migration Tool provided by Microsoft, however, this seems to only migrate accounts from one Windows install to another, as opposed to change them from a local account to a domain account.

Any help on this would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Gene
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you could create new users in the active directory.
After logging in these users there wel be a directory created on the local machine in c:\documents and settings.
You could copy the old documents and settings folder to the new one.

So the new users have the same profiles and settings.
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If your looking for a way to automate transferring profile within the same machine there is not one. Simply because the new profile would have to be created and logged into inorder to register with the Domain. You would then have to login with a local admin account that is not that users local admin profile; copy then past contents of the users local admin profile to the new domain profile. There is no way around it b/c of the required logins. the copy and pasting can be done with a simple batch file, but the new account has to be created and login into to at least once to establish it on the domain.
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by:kiwiplan
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Thanks guys.  That worked a charm.
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Glad it worked!
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