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Is it possible to migrate a local user account's files & settings onto a domain user's account?

Is it possible to migrate a local user account's files & settings onto a domain user's account?

I have a couple computers that are part of a workgroup.

I need to add these computers to the domain.

I would like to be able to automatically migrate all of the Windows XP documents and settings from the existing local user accounts onto the user's domain user accounts.

All of these migrations of the user's documents and settings will be taking place on the same computer.

What I am changing is the user's logon so that they will be logging onto the domain controller instead of logging onto their local computers.

Are there any methods within Windows XP or any third party utilities that will allow this to be done?
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Mike KlineCommented:
You can, a good third party tool (and free) is made by forensit  http://www.forensit.com/domain-migration.html

You can test it out first and see what you think.

Thanks

Mike
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ldavis07Commented:
Yes just a simply migration would allow this. You need to make sure that the migration is allow and you are using the appropriate OS to allow that.
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SandeshdubeyCommented:
Joined the domain
Rebooted and logged in as DOMAIN\user to create a profile. I now have two directories under Docs & Settings, user and user.DOMAIN.
I logged out and back in as DOMAIN\administrator
My Computer Properties > Advanced > User Profiles Settings
I highlighted the old LOCAL\user profile and clicked Copy To
Now I browsed to the new user.DOMAIN directory. (OK to overwrite)
I also clicked on Change and selected the user from AD

It takes some time but less then expected. Everything should be OK except that it 'forgot' the passwords in the pop3 accounts in Outlook.



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hirenvmajithiyaManager (System Administration)Commented:
You can use profwiz. It is mainly made for that purpose. It's microsoft small utility and free.

This should solve your problem.
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KnowledgeableAuthor Commented:
Please post the exact URL address of where I can download profwiz from.
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KnowledgeableAuthor Commented:
Does anyone else have any further comments or suggestions?
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SandeshdubeyCommented:
I would recommend to do it manaully instead of using third party solution.Once the user PC is added to domain the domain profile will be created.

Now login with local admin you need to copy the data of Mydocument,favorites,desktop from local user profile to domain profile and then configure the outlook profile of the user in domain login of the user and you are done.

I have followed the above procedure when I implemeneted AD project and had not faced any difficulties after implementing the same.
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hirenvmajithiyaManager (System Administration)Commented:
Profwiz will do all for you.
It will join the computer to domain(optional)
It will migrate one profile (on PC) to another new profile being created(on the same PC).
The link is:
http://www.forensit.com/Downloads/Profwiz3.zip
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KnowledgeableAuthor Commented:
Are there any other utilities that can do this?

My management has asked me to develop a complete list of all programs that can do this so that we can evaluate all of them and then choose which one we will purchase and use.
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