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Will I have to rejoin my client computers to the domain after migrating from SBS 2003 to Server 2012 Essentials R2

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Hello All,

I am planning a migration from SBS 2003 to Server 2012 Essentials R2 with NO EXCHANGE. I've been reading the Technet migration articles and the one step is to rejoin the existing computers after transferring the FSMO roles. This has me a little concerned because this is one of the reasons I want to migrate. I only have 5 users and 5 computers so if I have to disjoin and rejoin then there really is no sense for me to migrate because I would then have to recreate all the users profiles which will take longer than creating a new domain. Any help would be appreciated? Do I NEED to disjoin and rejoin each PC?

Thanks,
John
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Post the link to the Technet article that lists rejoining as a step.  I want to see if you are misinterpreting something.
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Assuming you're following the directions, you should not lose your user profiles.  Once the computer is rejoined to the domain, the computer will be seen as new on the domain, but the users SIDs should be preserved if you're migrating as described.  They will essentially "reconnect".

Before you do ANYTHING in production you need to either run this a few times as a test on a test network NOT your production network, or hire a consultant with experience do assist you with the process.
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Thanks. This worked like a charm!!!
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