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Workgroup to Domain User Profile Migrations

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I'm about to migrate approximately 20 workstations from a workgroup to domain. I'd like to find a quick and easier way tomigrate the local workgroup user profiles over to the domain profiles. I was thinking about usint the USMT. Can someone provide a guide on how to do this? Here is the process I was thinking of.

1. Use USMT to SCANSTATE
2. Configure computer for domain
     a. join domain
     b. Create new domain user profile
     c. login as domain admin
3. Use USMT to LOADSTATE over profile created in step 2b.

AM I on the right track here? Am I missing something?

I've done the whole edit registry approach and copy profile but that just takes too long and there are too many gotchas that can cost me lots of time. There has to be a faster more methodical way to do this type of work. Thanks in advance.
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Hi,

If you have a SBS 2008 server use only http://connect on the workstation for join them to the domain. Else your solution is OK.

Cheers.
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It is a standard 2008 R2 domain. NOT SBS.
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OK, I don't know a faster methodical way
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by:GrX_
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Try this : http://www.forensit.com/downloads.html

The "User Profile Wizard 3.5" is a freeware.

See you the User Profile Wizard Feature Comparison between the personnal (free), professional and the corporate edition : http://www.forensit.com/comparison.html

GrX_

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Thanks for the link GrX. Here is what I did.

On XP machines I did the old fashioned method.
1. Join domain
2. Add domain user as local admin
3. Reset permissions on orginal profile
4. Reset permissions on original reg hive for original user
5. Redirect profile path in registry.

On Win7
1. Used Must 1.0 & USMT4 to export or scanstate.
2. Join Domain
3. Create domain user profile
4. Use Easy File Transfer Wizard to Loadstate. (for some reason the Must 1.0 & USMT 4 tool would not import everything from the export).

It took about 30 minutes per computer on average. Not bad.

I'll explore that tool from Forensit.com.
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Thanks for the guidance.
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