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We have three Windows 7 Professional workstations in a domain with SBS 2008 server as DC.  The AD and DNS crashed on the server, not allowing any users to login to the server and do anything.  We can login via safe mode and back up all the data.  So, we are doing a complete rebuild on SBS 2008 server (Dell T310 Poweredge) to start fresh.  However, I do not want to completely redo all the workstation profiles (install software, etc.).  Is there any way to copy old domain profile to new domain profile?  Remember I cannot get into server to do Active Directory replication.  

Someone mentioned Forensit's free profile copy utility.  I do not know how to use this though.  Windows Easy Transfer Wizard was a possibility but I don't think it works with domain profiles.

If anyone has experience with this, please tell me what I need to do.  Thanks in advance!!!
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Windows Easy Transfer Wizard will work--I've used it before with no problems. Even if you are using roaming profiles stored on your server there is still a cached copy on their PCs -- if you go to C:\Users\Domain-Username that is basically what there profile is. I would also reboot each PC and logon as an Admin user and go to c:\users and rename each user directory there something like C:\Users\Bob.old (do this only after running Windows Easy Transfer Wizard) so that you can use that in the event something goes wrong.
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So, are you saying you don't have a system state backup of your server?  Because what you are proposing to do will be a much bigger project than you imagine.

There may also be other ways to fix directory services on your server.

Jeff
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I did not have a good system state backup and I was stumped bc the server would allow no logins or remote access. Only safe mode. I rebuilt server and used forensit's free profile copy wizard. Worked perfectly and I now have my server back. I will spread points around as this is solved already. I think data corruption on c partition caused ad and sbs problems. Now server is better than ever...I don't like sbs though.
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I understand that time is critical here but just for future reference there are more specific categories you could have chosen to put your question in and if you did not get response as quick as you would of liked you can also ask a moderator to get involved and explain what is going on and that time is critical--they will then alert experts to your immediate need.
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Im sorry for not knowing the forum etiquette. I didn't have any time to read any rules so tried to intuitively pick categories. I guessed wrong. I will have some more time now to get acquainted with the system.  Really not upset at all. Just didn't get the help. I know there are plenty of great techs on here. Thanks again for all the advice.
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I picked mine as best bc it worked so well. Also with a server down you can't wait two days for answers. Im grateful for the impressive knowledge in this forum and that's why I awarded points. Just wish it were more timely.
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