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Migrate user profile between Domains

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I currently have a domainA with W2K, I am going to create another domainB with W2k3. I would like to move the user profile from DomainA to DomainB so that all the files and settings are remains after the clients join DomainB.

Is there any way I can do that?

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It depends a bit.

How are you migrating the user account?

If you're using Active Directory Migration Tool then it can be made to rewrite the profile when you migrate the computer account to the new domain.

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Dear Chris,

I prefer USMT than ADMT but I do not know how to use it.

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All the user settings and files must be kept after they join the domain including print queue and IE settings.
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Fair enough. Ultimately you're just copying the profile to a new one with USMT. It probably tidies it up a bit, but there's not much to it.

Configuration such as printers, IE settings, etc are stored in the users registry hive which loads as HKEY_CURRENT_USER when they log in. That runs from %UserProfile%\ntuser.dat, and is why you can copy the contents of a profile to preserve settings.

Will the user be moving onto a new computer? Or are you using the existing system?

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Dear Chris

I have over 200 computers to upgrade, so I rather joining them to the new domain than moving them onto a new computer.

I found some solutions on the web about using USMT, but it doesn't work in my case, I dunno why
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How are you getting the user accounts onto the new domain?

For that number of users and computers I'd seriously consider using ADMT, it can take all this hassle out of your hands.

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Dear Chris,

I created user accounts on the new DC, I wanna their user profile remains unchange after they logon to the new domain

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Ahh, that's a shame.

I'm not sure USMT will work for you here, you really need to something to translate the profile, to rewrite the security rather than just pick it up and drop it as USMT seems inclined to do.

The difficulty is, without ADMT it's not easy to perform the translation, bear in mind that access to the profile is defined by the users Security Identifier rather than a simple user name. With ADMT it writes the old security ID into the new account (into an attribute called sidHistory).

On the simplest level you can just copy the profile contents from one to another. That's quite a big job for that many users.

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Dear Chris,

Workload and time are not the main issue, we are going to do it department by department, so I am looking for the simplest way to do it.

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Then I would still recommend ADMT, even though it means deleting the accounts you've created in the new domain :)

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ADMT is the ONLY way to do what you are wanting to do. USMT was designed for moving user data between computers WITHIN the same domain. Besides it sounds as if you are truely doing a domain migration and guess what? ADMT = Active Directory Migration Toolkit. Ahhh the solution as Chris-Dent has already pointed out is to use ADMT. Take the 2 hours read, understand, use...
Another benifit of ADMT is sid history. Instead of having to reconfigure all your permissions on shares and the like, ADMt will carry the old domain sid with it and voila!! your users have access to all the same information. Plus it will migrate PC and server accounts as well. 200 users would take only about 2-4 hours to migrate over. You're trying to backward enginner a process that Microsoft already has. Probebly wasted more time than if you would have begun with ADMT in the first place?
Again Chis is right USE ADMT...
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Thanks, but I found a third party tools called Forensit works perfectly for me.
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