Upgrading P2P network to domain... want to keep profiles intact.

Posted on 2007-10-10
Last Modified: 2010-04-20
I am in the process of upgrading a peer to peer network to a W2K3 Server client/server network.  I plan to use roaming profiles and I have 2 questions.

1.) - Does the user's application data get copied with the profile to the server?  How about remembered form fields & passwords?

2.) -  Everyone is currently using local profiles on their pc's.  Is there anyway I can move these profiles seemlessly when I join the domain?  Many of the login names won't match up.  I really don't want to have to manually move all their data to a new profile.
Question by:MFredin
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    Unfortunately, this is one of the crappier things about transitioning to a domain environment.  When users log in to their machines with their domain account after having been joined to the domain, they will get a brand-spanking shiny new profile from scratch complete with no icons or settings migrated over.  There are plenty of 3rd party utilities to migrate local profiles into domain profiles, none of which I can really comment on.  But Microsoft has the User State Migration Tool (USMT) on the Operating System CD which can be used to migrate profiles from one PC to another.  It can also be used to migrate a local profile to a domain one.  It's not perfect.  Users will probably lose some settings here and there.  But all their documents and e-mail settings will transfer over.  I don't know about saved passwords and such.
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