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Migrate user profile

Posted on 2011-09-11
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Hello,
I need to add a Windows 7 pro client to an existing server 2003 domain; but I need to preserve the client user profiles.  
How can I add this client to our domain, and keep the users exact profile settings (desktop, files, settings, ect.) even login credentials.
The employee does not want anything to change, other that gains access to network resources.
Thanks!
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by:5g6tdcv4
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You can use the USMT or WET
Windows easy transfer is probably your best bet.
It comes installed by default on Win7
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by:SuperTaco
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from what it sounds like, if they are using a on domain joined machine, just move the profile data to the new domain user account.  nothing else should change
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Sandeshdubey earned 250 total points
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If the windows7 workstation is not added to domain you need to add the PC to domain.
Once the PC is added to domain login with userid the domain profile will be created in C:\users(win7) or C:\Documents and Setting(WInxp).
Log off the PC and login with domain admin account or local admin account.
Copy the content of old profile to new user profile.You have to copy the content of desktop,favorites,mydoc and copy same to new domain profile.
For outlook you need to configure outlook profile again in user's domain login.Before you proceed in old user login check the outlook setting and pst/ost path and configure the same in domain login.

Regrading the login id you can create same login id and password in AD before the users was using in local login if there is hard and fast requirement.I would recommend to stick to the standard which you have followed for creation of userid and password.Eg if you have created user id to login with emp no then you stick to same and explain the user about the standarisation this is the correct time to implement the same,about the password you need to set the complexity for security reason.

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by:deroode
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You cannot copy login credentials, but you can use the local profile as a source for a domain profile:

First, create a user with the required credentials on your domain.

To convert the local profile to a domain profile you can use Forensit Profile wizard:

http://www.forensit.com/domain-migration.html

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