Posted on 2011-02-17
Hi i have a small branch office but the 3 pc's and 1 laptop in that branch office have never been a member of my Win 2003 Active Directory. So basically they have just been logging on locally to their xp machines with local profiles and happily working away.
I now want to add these machines to the active directory as i want them to part of the same group policies as everyone else but i see a couple of pitfalls.
They are connected to our wan and therefore can ping our DC/GC's but the site has only 3 users so we never needed a server there and i dont have the budget to do so. How will the machines first join the domain if they are pointing to the local router for DNS and not to any DNS on our WAN?
Once i join the machines to the domain they will end up with a brand new blank profile but they have been using their local profiles for years and will have them setup particular ways to suit themselves some programs may even work only under that profile. How can i copy the complete old local profile over the new domain one so the user does not know any difference essentitally. Is there any freeware tools that do that sort of thing?