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A question about changing domains

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Hello Experts

I am moving some workstations to a different domain.

The profiles are all local to the individual machines.

My question is, what will happen to the local profile when the machine gets joined to a different domain?  Do we lose locally saved emails?  Do we lose Documents?  Is there a procedure for this process?

Thanks

thedslguy
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Suliman Abu Kharroub earned 250 total points
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all files will remains under users folder...if you want to migrate them to the new profile have a look a USMT tool from microsoft.
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if you will join your machines to different domain, all profiles will be present on the system but once user will login into new domain, they will get the new profile.

note: users old profile will be still there.

So, to avoid this use ADMT tool as suggested by Suliman Abu Kharroub.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-in/download/details.aspx?id=8377
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Any local user account (i.e. not user accounts stored in AD) profiles will remain untouched and available after moving the computer to a different domain.

Any domain user account (i.e. users accounts stored in AD) profiles will remain untouched but will not be available to login after moving the computer to a different domain. However, any administrator of the local computer can access all files store within the profile.
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Suliman Abu Kharroub and Santosh Kr. Gupta

What are USMT and ADMT?

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by:Santosh Gupta
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The User State Migration Tool (USMT) is a Microsoft command line utility program intended to allow advanced users, comfortable with Scripting language, to transfer files and settings between PCs.

This is a great tool for copying user account information from one Windows domain to another Windows domain.

See the more details below. http://www.computerperformance.co.uk/w2k3/W2K3_ADMT.htm
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by:Pramod Ubhe
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when you join the computer to a diff domain, old profiles will get renamed to username.old domain but profiles for the local account on that computer will not be renamed.
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by:thedslguy
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The old domain is on a SBS 2003 machine.

The new domain is on a SBS 2008 machine.

Once the change is made on a specific machine, would a simple copy and paste of saved data suffice?  

I realize there will be some settings which will need to be manually updated, but I'm not good with scripting.  So I'm pretty OK with a manual process, even if somewhat labor intensive.

My main concern is data loss.

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Yes a simple copy and paste should suffice. Any local admins should have permission to access the files.
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All

Thanks for all the responses.

I'm going to try it this weekend.  I'll let you all know.

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by:Suliman Abu Kharroub
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copy and past will do the files part but settings of the profile will not be copied you need to use USMT to transfer settings between user profiles.

If you done want to transfer the settings, copy and past will do the job.
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by:thedslguy
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My apologies for the delay

I've been unable to work on this system (several reasons).  I'll be checking things out and moving profiles this weekend

I'm looking forward to the challenge!!


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