Howto migrate windows profiles to domain (Windows 2008)


I have a workstation of which local users exist with lots of settings I'd like to migrate to their Windows domain user. The option to copy doesn't exist in profiles, only the standard profile can be copied.

Please advise how to copy so I don't have to configure the whole profile again. Please also advise what is best practises to store profile on domain controller.

Who is Participating?

[Product update] Infrastructure Analysis Tool is now available with Business Accounts.Learn More

I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

Darius GhassemCommented:
janhoedtAuthor Commented:
They are on Win 2008. I see tool is only for xp, vista?
Problems using Powershell and Active Directory?

Managing Active Directory does not always have to be complicated.  If you are spending more time trying instead of doing, then it's time to look at something else. For nearly 20 years, AD admins around the world have used one tool for day-to-day AD management: Hyena. Discover why

janhoedtAuthor Commented:
... and where is the profile stored now?  Still on host? Would like to have it on server but how?
Darius GhassemCommented:
I'm not sure we are on the same page. Do you have profiles on Windows 2008 Server R2? You want to migrate these profiles to another server?
janhoedtAuthor Commented:
I understand the confustion, therefore some explanation:

I worked in my home lab on a laptop with Windows 2008 NOT member of domain. I made t a member of the domain and would now like to migrate the profiles of local users to domain.

Now I can use this tool but need to know 1 more thing. I guess I need roaming profiles to have them stored centrally. Is this best practice (roaming profiles)?
Darius GhassemCommented:
Yes if you want to have all profiles centrally stored and located then you would use roaming profiles.
janhoedtAuthor Commented:
Can you tell how to migrate from domain to roaming, just via policy?
Darius GhassemCommented:

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Windows Server 2008

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.