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I have a small network of computers that were previously joined to the local workgroup. Now that SBS is set up they are being joined to the local domain.  Is there any way to join users without losing all their existing settings (appplications/ desktop etc) or must the microsoft file and settings transfer wizard be used for this? I am also not using Exchange yet due to unreliable ADSL so would like to preserve the existing outlook settings and pst file if possible for now.

Once joined to the domain are these local settings now stored on the server, or must these be backed up as before? I was under the impression that a user could go to any of the PCs in the domain, login and their desktop/settings would appear.

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Hello.

SBS has a included a feature that will automatically migrate your settings to the new SBS profiel

On a computer that is part of the workgroup
Open your browser and go to http:\\servername\connectcomputer

Servername being your servername of your sbs server

Follow the directions and it will join your computer to the domain and keep the settings for the profile on your pc.

Please join all computers tot he domain this way. SBS computers should be joined this way.
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Once joined to the domain are these local settings now stored on the server, or must these be backed up as before? I was under the impression that a user could go to any of the PCs in the domain, login and their desktop/settings would appear.


By default your profile is unique on all computers. If you wish to have the same profile you will need to enable roaming profiles on your network. Very rarely would i recommend doing this. I would try and steer away from it.
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Thanks for the reply. I did actually use the \\servername\connectcomputer feature which is why I was surprised that the settings were not maintained.
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Oh, if I have a user that has a laptop and desktop joined to the domain, should this user have a seperate user account for each PC? Or would the same user account be ok. He keeps the desktop PC on when away from the office.
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At the end of the wizard it will ask you which profile to map.
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No that user will be fine having two computers. It won't effect anything and he can be logged into both locations.
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cheers.
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