Keep existing user profile whilst moving to new SBS 2008 install
Posted on 2010-08-26
We have 55 users on SBS 2003 domain. I am planning to move to SBS 2008 and have decided to do a completely new install on fresh hardware, rather than any form of migration. So a completely new AD. I will then create new users to match the existing users. The only critical time path activity would then be the extraction of the Exchange mailboxes and loading these back into the brand new Exchange Db.
In SBS 2003 when one created a user, one could use the connectcomputer tool/wizard to create the domain profile and (importantly) tie up to the existing profile on the PC.
I presume this wizard is also in SBS 2008. Could one use it to effectively flip an existing SBS2003 domain profile into the new SBS2008 domain?
The big problem I have is to move the users from the old domain to the new as 50% plus are on laptops and in remote offices so use cached / offline Outlook profiles and offline folders to sync files etc for out of office working.
Or has someone got a better way to do this?