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Migrating desktop clients to Server 2012 Essentials from SBS 2003

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I did a clean install of Windows Server 2012 and plan to install this weekend.  We are replacing an aging Windows Server 2003 SBS.  I did not want to use the migration option in 2012 as the SBS 2003 keeps rebooting every so often and didn't want for the migration to be running during the migration and mess things up.

My main question here is, how do I connect the desktop clients to the new domain without losing the current user profile?  I gave the new server a different domain so they don't conflict.
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One of the easiest ways is to use a free tool calle Prowiz.  It will let you join the new domain and retain the existing user profiles at the same time.  Using it with SBS is outlined in the following link, but the same will work for 2012 essentials.
http://blog.lan-tech.ca/2011/05/19/sbs-and-profwiz/
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Robwill,

Thanks for the quick response.  I have used that tool in the past and it worked!!!  I wasn't sure if it is still the tool of choice or if there was a Microsoft tool.  Wasn't sure if the http://<servername>/connect did this type of domain/profile migration.
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The http://connect tool will only work with workgroup profiles.  If the profile is a domain profile from a previous similar or diiferent domain it will not import it.
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Got it.
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