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is it possible to export/use workgroup user profiles when moving to a domain?

I'm setting up a server at a client site.
It's their first server, it 2011 essential business server. It will be a domain server and all current W7 Pro pc's will join the domain.

Is there an easy way to migrate their current profiles to the domain.
If memory serves, in the past, when I joined a domain the user profiles had to be recreated.
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
use USMT or windows easy transfer as they profiles do have to be recreated.
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rbudjCommented:
I find the easiest way, expecially if the clients are Windows 7, is to simply login to the domain as the user, let windows create the new profile, and just manually transfer the user profile. A quick drag and drop.
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bwierzbickiAuthor Commented:
But rbudj, will that transfer custom settings in the profile such as printers, outlook, etc.
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rbudjCommented:
No. In this case you would use windows easy transfer.
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McKnifeCommented:
Hi.

This tool did a local profile->domain profile transit very well for me: http://www.forensit.com/uk/downloads.html
All settings kept.
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
If you properly join the PC to the domain it will automatically ask you if you want to import the users current workgroup profile.  When joining the domain do so by using a web browser and  http://connect
This is unique to SBS 2008/2011

If for some reason it fails see:
http://blog.lan-tech.ca/2012/06/07/sbs-connect-connectcomputer-wizard-fails/
http://blog.lan-tech.ca/2011/05/19/sbs-and-profwiz/
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McKnifeCommented:
@RobWill Ok... :) there are some things one I know about SBS even if I don't administer a single one :)
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
:-)  
Profwiz works as well,.  The "SBS way" is the better choice but less important since SBS 2003 as group policy does more than the wizard now.  I outlined that in
http://blog.lan-tech.ca/2011/05/19/sbs-and-profwiz/ 
Also the SBS wizard will only import workgroup profiles, not profiles from previous domains, which Profwiz will do.
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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

Not enough information to confirm an answer.
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
I would like to comment that despite the fact that bwierzbicki did not return to comment on what method they chose to use,  all 3 of the following are standard, documented, and accepted methods, for achieving the intended goal in an SBS environment.  Perhaps a point split would be appropriate.

ve3ofa's suggestion of  USMT  http:#a38299462
McKnife's suggestion of Forensit/ProfWiz  http:#a38302520
RobWill's suggestion of the built-in SBS wizard  http:#a38302748
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bwierzbickiAuthor Commented:
Sorry for the delay on getting back on this, and thanks Robwill, this worked great. the only thing to watch out for, from what I saw is that it will only take the current profile you are logged in as.<br /><br />Also, something worth mentioning is that the users profile and files will remain in the users directory as the user you transferred from, not the username you moved to. Not a big deal, just something to be aware of in case you do something with user's local files (like backing up outlook pst's).<br /><br />An example.  if the workgroup user was john and you moved his profile to the domain user jsmith, there wouldn't be a jsmith in the user's directory, it just uses the "john" folders.
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
Yes that is correct it doesn't really move the profile but rather changes all the permissions for the existing profile.  I am surprised it would only move the profile of the account with which you logged it. You are supposed to be able to even move a profile on a remote system, though I confess I haven't tried it.  I wonder if there are some limitations to the free version.  The paid version allows you to script the changes so you can process 100 or more users.

Thanks bwierzbicki, glad to hear it worked for you.
Cheers!
--Rob
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