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domain change preserve client machine accounts

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I need to replace an SBS2011 DC with a Server 2012R2 DC and recreate the users accounts. Is there a way to preserve the locally stored settings on the client workstations? Will keeping the domain name work?

All clients are Windows 7. Mail not involved (DC is used as a file server only).
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Easiest way to keep the local profiles is to log into the local machine rather than the domain at each workstation. Then use an open source program called Profwiz   - This allows you to add the PC back into a "New" domain and just chose the profile you want linked to the new domain.  

We do this all the time when we replace servers.  

Make sure that the new domain server is doing any DHCP  or the WS will not always find the Domain Controller.
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PS - sometimes you may need to reset email passwords and drive mappings.  I normally do a login script to map the drives
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I am reopening this question not because the solution is wrong, but because I am seeking a different solution.

The solution was rejected by management due to the amount of work required to transfer fifty client accounts.

It has been suggested that we should be able to add in the second DC to the existing domain and then adjust the domain so that the clients use the new DC before we remove the old one. Is that possible?
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