Migrating user profiles
Posted on 2008-06-20
I am in the middle of reinstall a Windows 2003 Standard Edition server. The previous installation was very poor and the system has never worked well so we made the decision to just reinstall the whole thing.
Now I got all the clients to leave the domain and then reinstall the server and setup the domain. So far everything has gone well. My next step was going to be to use the "Copy to" feature in Windows XP to copy profile from one to the other. What I now found was that the Copy To feature cant be run if the account doesnt exist anymore (since the it left the domain).
I cant run any of the migration tools out there because they all require you to run it prior to the migration, when you are logged in as the actual user.
I tried changing the SID path and permissions on the folder but this did not work either (various problems appeared including outlook refusing to start and the recently opened section of the start menu wouldnt work).
So basically I now have a new user with a new SID and need to move the content of the old one over. How do I go about doing this? Obviously keeping the regular desktop, my documents, registry and local settings.
Is there anyway I can change the SID on the server so that the new user uses the same SID as the old user did?
I am in a hurry as I am only here for another day so I would appreciate any quick advice!