NOS Downgrade - Saving Time and Frustration with Workstation Profiles
Posted on 2007-11-25
We are faced with a problem at an organisation that we support. We had to rebuild their server due to problems with a virus attack. But because it only made sense at this time to consider all avenues, we contacted Microsoft to discuss which flavor of Server 2003 would be best and THEY recommended SBS 2003 Standard. This was great, they said we could download the trial software, build the server and get it up ASAP and then when we recieved our licenses we could just type it in. But when they emailed the links to download the ISO's they sent the Enterprise edition instead of the Standard, which we noticed much too late. Now this server is on-site, functioning and Microsoft is taking the Too Bad, So Sad line.
Since we feel in our part responsible, we are going to try to build the server and cause as little down time for the client as possible.
My Question: Is there some way to down-grade the server, keep the Domain Name, Server Name basically everything the same, but not have to rebuild ALL of the workstation profiles, causing the associated chaos? Is there someway to tell the workstation to use the same "Documents and Settings\User" profile in the new environment? I have to admit, I'm a Novell Server guy, and was thrust into this project with very little first hand knowledge. All I know is it took us two days to setup the profiles and iron out the little bits to make each user happy. Thanks for your help.