How to Migrate a user profile from an old pc to a new pc without touching the old PC

Hi, I'm tring to find a simple way to migrate user profiles form old computers to the new ones without going to the old computers.  OS is XP sp3, Server 2003 AD domain.  

I currently go to the users PC and run the file settings transfer wizard, then come back to my office, load the new PC, reset the users password, log in as them, and run the wizard to pull their data over.  It's a pain for several obvious reasons.  Does anyone know of any other way to do this?

I've tried the USMT, but still, it has to be run on the users machine locally.  There has to be a way to do it form the server no?  I tried crude methods like robocopy, to just copy the whole profile folder, but the files are locked and won't copy and the profile has to be created on the new computer first anyway, so I still have to reset their password and log on as them.
ampm24Asked:
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Rajith EnchiparambilOffice 365 & Exchange ArchitectCommented:
Just enable roaming profiles for the user and then, it doesn't matter which PC they use !
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Rajith EnchiparambilOffice 365 & Exchange ArchitectCommented:
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ampm24Author Commented:
Roming profiles are not an option.  Most of the users are laptop users, and travel around quite a bit.  I know roming profiles can use a local cached copy when they can't access the server, but it's still more trouble then it's worth.  Also quite a few have large profiles resulting in increased storage space requirements on the servers.  I just don't trust roming profiles and for the amount of users, it just slows thing down to much and puts a larger load on the network.  I need a way to move exhisting profiles from one PC to another.  I'm suprised there isn't just a software package out there that can do it.  I'm more suprised that it's not a built in function.  
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Op35Commented:
ForensIT Profile Wizard (free for personal), cheap for enterprise.

Command line will do exactly what you are asking for and will join the new computer to the domain, etc..

http://www.forensit.com/profwiz/index.htm
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