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Changing from SBS03 to Server 2008 | Same Domain

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We are moving from SBS03 to a (3) server solution employing Server 2008.

We have decided against a migration-transfer and have re-created everything fresh; we kept the domain name the same and are curious if, once we decommission the SBS03 if we should convert the existing workstations to a workgroup and then rejoin the domain or whether we can keep the workstations joined to the domain and simply introduce the new servers.
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All workstations will need to be dropped to a workgroup and then re-joined to the new domain. Even though the domain name is the same, the trust relationship between the computers and the domain will not match, since the new domain and new computer accounts will have different SIDs.

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Are we going to possibly run into problems where users could potentially lose data when joining a workgroup and then rejoining the domain?  I'm guessing it would create a new user profile? Since all of the user names will be the same, is there a potential for their existing data in documents & settings to be overwritten or will the OS create a new user profile with an appended number?
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It will create a new user profile as the SIDs for user accounts will not match. Also, any custom permissions set for the user on the old domain will have to be reset to match up with their new user account.

The new profile should not overwrite the old, but I would be very careful and make a backup first. Then you can restore it to the new network after the domain join is completed. BTW, have you considered Folder Redirection to get data like Documents/Desktop off the local PC and onto the server? http://support.microsoft.com/kb/232692

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