Changing the Domain Membership on a Windows Vista PC

Posted on 2011-05-02
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I have a few Windows Vista PCs that are part of our old company's Network. We recently relocated and a new network was brought up from scratch. In the new process a new Domain was created on Active Directory within on a Wndows 2008 Server

I need to Join the PCs to this new domain and would like to transfer the profile/Desktop and My Documents for the individual users including their Outlook data to the new profile created for that new user/domain.

Is there a simple way to do this?
Question by:armgon
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    by:Joseph Moody
    If it is just a few, you can have the users log in and copy the contents out of the old profile into the new one (overwriting any new data). If the usernames are the same, the new profiles will be named USERNAME.NEWDOMAIN NAME.

    If you want to automate it a bit, look into the User State Migration Toolkit. I am sure if can do this (as it can do pretty much anything else).
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    Take a look at this free tool

    I haven't used it in a few years but it was really great.  I've recommended once on these forums before

    You can check out the reaction of the author...can't hurt to


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    by:Adam Brown
    We just used the tool Mike linked to to migrate a bunch of computers to a new domain. It works pretty well, but I would recommend playing around with it so you can get used to how it works. I haven't tried the settings with it for changing the Domain the computer is on, but it will allow you to package a profile before changing the domain the computer is on and assign the new domain user that will take control of that profile. It's pretty capable software.

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