Reinstalling a w2003 server while keeping users and profiles...
Posted on 2007-07-25
I have a w2003 domain controller which has been updated from win2000 years ago and surely contains a lot of clutter. As secondary DC I have a w2003R2-sp2. I want to try to copy all user profiles and home folders to the secondary DC and promote it to primary DC and enable its DNS and DHCP servers. Then I will denote the former PDC, take it offline and install w2003R2-sp2 from scratch, promote it as PDC and copy all user data over to it again.
The user profiles are inaccessible to me as administrator. Will this be a problem when trying to copy them? Both the profile folder and the home folders are on \\server-a\e and they should be copied to \\server-b\e. Do you suggest using robocopy? And what will the commandline look like in this case?
After copying the user profiles and home folders, I plan to edit the user accounts' profile- and home folder paths to point to the new server. Does this make sense? Any pitfalls here and other stuff I need to do in order to have the secondary DC be able to serve as a standalone PDC while I take the original DC down for reinstalling?
Does it exist other more elegant ways to completely reinstall a w2003 server and keep / restore the user accounts, profiles and home folders?
Thanks a lot for advice and comments