Moving Users from Domain back to Workgroup

Posted on 2012-08-29
Last Modified: 2012-12-29
I have a company with 10 users who has a broken SBS 2003 server. They decided to move the files to the cloud and email is already in the cloud. As a result, the Server will be turned off. Before we do, we will need to pull the users back to a Workgroup setting. What is the easiest and best way to move a user BACK from a domain to a Workgroup and keep their profile? I know there are regedits you can do, but I want to make sure we do the fastest yet best way.

Question by:kirk_lesser
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    There is no need to abandon the domain users. Domain users can login to previously used clients even without a DC.

    The alternative is:
    a. Create a local user (User1),
    b. Login User1 to PC1 and logout,
    c. Login to PC1 using an administrative account which is not either DOMAIN\User1 or local\User1,
    d. Using Computer's User Profile Manager, copy the DOMAIN\User1 profile to the local\User1 profile location.

    The 2nd alternative is using USMT.

    Let me know.
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