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Moving profiles from one domain to another and retaining ALL settings

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Domain migration Windows 2000 to Windows 2003. Windows XP Pro clients.

I have been trying to figure out how I can copy COMPLETE profiles from one domain to another.

I have :
recreated shares and permissions
Manually recreated all the profiles in the new domain.
Logged in as a user.
Logged off.
Copied the old user profile over the new one.
logged back on.

All desktop and other basic items are there.
But I'm missing things like:
Mail profiles (Must create a new profile when openning outlook 2003 for the first time.)
IE7 settings e.g. Home pages. (Many users have multiple homepages.)

I have also tried other techniques:
1) Using "Copy to" from My Computer / Properties / Advanced / user profiles.
     The profiles from the old domain name show up a "Unknown Account" "Copy To"s not available.

2) Renaming the old profile to <user>.old.
     When new profile is created it has the same folder name as the original profile.
     Rebooted then logged back on as an administrator.
     Copied the contents of <user>.old to the newly created profile.
     Rebooted then logged on as the new user.
     Again Outlook requires me to setup an outlook profile.

I found this related question : http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/2003_Server/Q_21000917.html
Apparantly some registry keys need to point to the new profile.
Something to do with SIDs?
Unfortunately I don't fully understand it.

I haven't tried USMT or ADMT as I have already created all the users, folders and shares.
Our Windows 2000 domain is in pretty bad shape, so I don't want to setup any kind of trust. (Though, I don't know it has any risks involved.)

Could someone give me a little help on this.

Thanks
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The others are suggesting you use ADMT (AD Migration Tool)
because when you export and import users (e.g., with LDIF or CSV
files) you are really creating new users, rather than truly moving them.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=788975b1-5849-4707-9817-8c9773c25c6c&DisplayLang=en

Goodluck :)
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And no I wouldn't Have though that there would be any reason for a SID  to be causing these problems. But for your sake, if you wish to re-assign all SIDs you can use NewSID.
This will automaticly regenerate all SIDs within minuets.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897418.aspx



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P.S You will have to set up a new mail box on every PC there is no way around this and as for HomePages, You again will have to re-set them. They will be in their favs but you will have to assign them.
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There is also a version 3.0 available.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=6F86937B-533A-466D-A8E8-AFF85AD3D212&displaylang=en

Do have any experience with this tool? Is there any chance any corruption from the old domain will get to the other domain?

Sorry by SID I was thinking of user GUID.
Thanks for the link though, cloning and rolling out new installation will be my next task. :-)
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P.S. Welcome to EE !!
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Well, I have used it twice to do a couple of "Big Moves" of around 200-300 people for a law firm in London. I tend not to worrie about corrution. It is does exist the chances are they wont transfer them, even if they do they wont corrupt your new domain because they wont be replacing any of the domain registry files, just users profiles...

Its quite simple, there is not a lot else that you can use really unless you created all their accounts by hand and copy and paste them to a memory key and then back to their new profiles.

it defently saves time and ALOT of hassle...
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>> Its quite simple, there is not a lot else that you can use really unless you created all their accounts by hand and copy and paste them to a memory key and then back to their new profiles.

I already have created all their accounts........
Copying their profiles isn't much of a hassle. I can access one server from the other. Just start the copy and go out for lunch.
I think downloading, installing then learning a new tool will be more of a hassle :-)

The hassle I'm trying to avoid is the setting up all the outlook profiles.

>> P.S You will have to set up a new mail box on every PC there is no way around this and as for HomePages, You again will have to re-set them. They will be in their favs but you will have to assign them.

Did you read the link I posted in my question?
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or if they are all running XP Boxes you can just go to Files and Settings Transfer Wizard?

If you are just after their settings (Including Home Pages e.t.c)

Start> All Programs> Acessories> System Tools> Files and Settings Transfer Wizard.

Export to a USB key>

Login and new user account on domain then go back to>
Start> All Programs> Acessories> System Tools> Files and Settings Transfer Wizard.

and import...
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Sounds like a plan. I'll give it a go.
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No go. Still no outlook profile. :-(
Pretty time consuming aswell.
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Yes it is time consuming,

Have you tryed ADMT? Perhaps it might be worth trying to give it a go just on one profile.
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I was just testing out the GPO's and came across some problems.
RSOP wasn't working and as entrprise admin I could run a Group Policy Results Wizard. (Access Denied).
Turns out the WS DHCP points to the old DNS(/DC) server first......

Lucky me get to try the above mention solutions all over again..... :-(

After that, I'll give the ADMT a whirl.

Thanks for your help so far!! :-)

btw, you still haven't told me if you understood the solution in the link in my question.
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No Problem, let me know your outcome.
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Well as things turned out, fate forced my hand.
Our old server died on us and so I had no choice but to just copy all the profiles over the new ones. 6 profiles didn't work (98 theme, outlook won't start), so those had to be recreated.
Some data didn't copy over; My Documents, Favorites, outlook.nk2. Probably my own mistake.

Took about 30 hours to copy everything over (So hdd write) and get everything running again. Not my best weekend ever.....

Thanks for your help.
Next time i'll just use AMDT. :-)
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Cheers mate!
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