SBS 2011 Clients to new server/domain

SBS 2011 was installed on a machine which was struck by lightening a short time after installation. I have 15 client machines that were a part of that domain. I have installed a new server and would like to join the existing clients to the new domain. When the server is online, I can no longer log onto any of the client PC's. I recreated the client accounts on the new server, and then tried joining the domain with no luck. I tried leaving the domain, and joining a workgroup, but I then have to transfer the data to the new process and would be too time consuming on some of the more specialized computers in our office.

I would like to keep current client settings, but join the new domain. I can reinstall the server OS if necessary but I would like to avoid re-installation on all the client machines. The old server is inoperable.

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Cris HannaSr IT Support EngineerCommented:
Before doing anything, you must insure you know the local machines Administrator account password.

You can save profiles using built in tools on the workstation.  These vary slightly depending on the OS of the workstation.

Once the profiles are saved, turn off the new server.  then disjoin each workstation from the domain (set back to workgroup).

Start the new server.  Then logon to each workstation as the local Administrator and join the new domain using the HTTP://connect wizard.  Once rejoined to the domain, you can restore the profile using the Same tool you used to save it

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dcwaAuthor Commented:
CrisHanna MVP,

We run windows XP pro and Windows 7 pro. Can you please elaborate on which tools to use to save profiles. Would it be effective to copy the c:\user\username\* folder contents to a remote drive, or external hard drive? Essentially I'll be creating a new user, could I not just copy the data from the old profile on the workstations hd?
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Cris HannaSr IT Support EngineerCommented:
That's one option
For Win XP -  File and Settings Transfer Wizard - Accessories > System Tools
For Win 7 - Windows Easy Transfer
dcwaAuthor Commented:
Thanks I will be working through the weekend on this. I will post back with any updates or questions.
dcwaAuthor Commented:
Thank you for your help, this and a reply from another similar post I had worked brilliantly.
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