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Server removal and the workstation profiles

Posted on 2013-01-23
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We have several clients on SBS2003 that want to move to the cloud.  We can easily lift their email into 365 or similar.  The files are also easily moved to the cloud but the question is what about the domain setup.  Our last client we decommissioned the server and took all users out of the domain, set them up p2p but it took ages, we may ask well have put a new server in place!

My question to the above is therefore do the machines have to be removed from the domain when the server is removed.  We have taken on another client where their IT had left the machines as is but removed the server.  Our concern is at some point in the future the machine will need the server and therefore we will have to take out of the domain / setup which in essence is what we are proposing in the first place.

The reason for the above is most clients are happy to have their email and files ported and pay but don't want to pay a days labour to have their environment reconfigured (especially as it currently works!).

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You can remove the server and allow the PC's to use cached credentials but it is not recommended.  You can use a free tool called Profwiz to disjoin the domain and retail the user's profiles quite easily. (Profile Wizard 3.6)
http://www.forensit.com/downloads.html

You will have to change DNS configurations if you remove the server, regardless.
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I think we looked at this product before but when you work out the cost on a 5 user network we decided we would bill the client our charge rate and do it manually!
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Cost?  It is free.
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