Rebuilding SBS 2003 server - best way to reconnect xp workstations

Posted on 2009-12-22
Last Modified: 2012-05-08
I have to reinstall a windows sbs 2003 server.  I assume when I rejoin the workstations they will effectivley be joining a new domain even if I call the server/domain the same names due to SSID's. Is the best way to connect to the new domain using domain admin, login to the workstation as the user and copy the old profile to the new user or just join the domain and drag files over into the corresponding folders eg. favourites to favourites, my documents to my documents etc.
Question by:hammerheady
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    Correct the PC's will see it as joining a new domain. If they were previously joined to an SBS domain it is important to first remove them properly. There are registry keys and SBS folders to delete. TechSoEasy has an excellent explanation of the necessary steps for dis-joining the PC from the old domain and re-joining the new:!AB2725BC5698FCB8!278.entry

    As per the article it is important to use the http://SBSname/connectcomputer wizard. This will allow you to import a local profile, but not an old domain profile, so yes, join the domain and then manually copy over the user specific items like My Fav's, Desktop, and My Doc's (if redirected my documents was not used)

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    Many thanks for that Robwill
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    by:Rob Williams
    Thanks hammerheady. Good luck with the project.

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