How to migrate profiles form one domain to another

Posted on 2009-04-22
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
We have build a new server 2003 which is going to be our new AD server. Now I need to migrate all the user profiles from our old AD server to the new one. Can you please suggest the utilities that can help me to accomplish this task? Our users use roaming profiles, I do not want to migrate anything besides the user profiles, I would like to preserve all the profile properties.

Thank you!
Question by:Sergey_Nesterenko
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    ADMT should be good.

    I used Bindview some days back and it was pretty tedious but it did the job. Worst case, you would have to recreate user's profile if the migration was not successful by going into My Computer Properties-> Adavanced-> User Profile Settings-> Select the problem profile and delete it.

    good luck.
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    I got away with just copying the profile folders, recreating the share and updating the user profile in the AD user object (to reflect the new location for the profiles). That is if both DC's are in the same domain, otherwise tools above are of much more use.
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    As long as you just want to recreate desktop shortcuts, favourites etc it's as simple as copying the files across to the new domain, setting permissions on the folders etc.  The fun starts when you want to maintain application settings and per user environment settings.  If you've just created the new domain and manually recreated the user account it's going to be pretty much impossible to get anything except shortcuts etc because the  user SIDs will be totally different in the new domain. If you can use something like ADMT to migrate the user accounts across to the new domain you can use that to shift the profiles as well which should maintain everything.  My best advice is,  test, test, test.

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