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Exchange '07 - Must create User Profiles?

I need to add a non-active directory computer to our ad. I also need to connect Outlook to Exchange via the new profile.

How do I migrate the profile *properly* so the user doesn't know that he/she is working in a new profile? (I want this transition to be SEAMLESS).
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Jeremy WeisingerSenior Network Consultant / EngineerCommented:
Sounds sneaky ;)

"non-active directory computer to our ad."
I'm a little unclear on what this means. Could you explain it?

We'll need to know what OS is in use, what exactly are you trying to change, and anything else that might be pertinent.
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light-blueAuthor Commented:
Actually not very sneaky. These computers are simply not joined to the active directory. I need to add them and connect their XP SP2 (with updates) computers to Exchange 2007 Server via Microsoft Outlook (versions 2000--I know, not supported, but functional--to 2007).

I want to minimize the impact on users so they can keep working without interruption (after I configure their computer of course).
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Jeremy WeisingerSenior Network Consultant / EngineerCommented:
I don't know about SEAMLESS but you should be able to join the computers to the domain, have the user log on/off with their domain user, then log on as an Administrator and copy their local profile to their domain profile.

http://www.petri.co.il/copy_user_profiles_in_windows_xp.htm

After that you will still need to connect their Outlook to Exchange (unless that was already done in their local profile)


BTW - Does OWA not fulfill your requirement? (just curious)
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light-blueAuthor Commented:
>BTW - Does OWA not fulfill your requirement? (just curious)
It is very close but we have a proprietary unified messaging system in place, which cannot currently work with OWA. Some users will miss that feature, which forces us to use the client in those cases. Also, some users will miss features or complain about "being lost."

In general though, yes OWA should work nicely. ;-)
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