Windows DOmain Migration


I am looking for a way (probably a tool) to migrate 5 Windows 7 PRO PCS from one Windows domain to another domain.  
Source domain is Windows 2008 R2
Target domain is Windows 2012 R2

I would like to do it without creating new profiles on the new domain. Just migrating domain while keeping existing profiles

I know it is possible but I do not know how to do it

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Robert HolmesNetwork Engineer / Operations ManagerCommented:
Hi gadsad,

In order to enure I provide the correct solution I will need to clarify a few things.

Are you looking to keep the domain name the same or are you looking to change the domain name?
Are the 5 PCs & users the only ones in the domain?
Are the servers connected in the same network?
gadsadAuthor Commented:
PC are all connected to the same network

- Server1:  Windows 2008 R2 , AD, DNS, with domain name ACME1.LOCAL
- Server2: Windows 2012 R2, AD, DNS, with domain name ACME2.LOCAL
- All 5 users can access both servers since they where all defined in both AD with same user name and same passwords

Users are now connected to ACME1.LOCAL. I want to disconnect them from ACME1.LOCAL and connect them to ACME2.LOCAL without the mess of creating new WIndows profiles
Cliff GaliherCommented:
Profiles are inherently tied to a unique account, which is unique to the domain. You absolutely won't be able to migrate the way you want. You can use tools such as USMT to export most of the profile data and import it into a new profile. But that's the closest you will get. How smooth the migration will be is dependent on the LOB apps and how portable they've made their profile settings.
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Robert HolmesNetwork Engineer / Operations ManagerCommented:
I agree with Cliff. Once you move the computers to the new domain and log in as the required user Windows will create a new user profile on the PC.

You can use USMT or Windows Easy Transfer to backup the current profiles. After connecting the PCs to the new domain, you can log onto the computers as an administrator and restore the backed up profiles to the computers. Ensure you click the "advanced options" button to ensure the backup restores to the correct account.

Please let us know if you require more detailed steps.
gadsadAuthor Commented:
THe tool I once used (and it worked fine for a Windows 2003 R2 to a WIndows 2008 R2) was called MIGWIZ or something similar

And it did exactly what expected. But I cannot find it anymore.

I will keep looking

Thank you
Robert HolmesNetwork Engineer / Operations ManagerCommented:
Hi gadsad,

MIGWIZ is now called Windows Easy Transfer Wizard.
Mohammed KhawajaManager - Infrastructure:  Information TechnologyCommented:
In that case then delete the accounts in the target domain, install ADMT, migrate the account to the target domain and ensure to migrate SID and password.  This will ensure users can logon with their source domain account.
gadsadAuthor Commented:
I found the product I was talking about

I was looking for the something similar but free...

Thank you
Cliff GaliherCommented:
USMT has been mentioned multiple times now. It is free. But to be clear, this migrates data into a *new* profile. It does not actually keep the old profile, and depending on the application, not all data can be migrated (using any tool, free, paid, or otherwise.)  This is a drawback to building a new domain instead of migrating AD to an new server in an existing domain and is a necessarily accepted limitation if you decide to rebuild.
gadsadAuthor Commented:
Here the solution I found with User Profile Wizard free product from

1) Create all domain user accounts on new Windows 2012 R2 Essentials
2) Visit each workstation and login in as an administrator and run http://Server2012/connect
4) Reboot PC and and log into new domain as administrator
5) Run User Profile Wizard at each PC
6) Instruct UPW to connect the User.OldDomain profile to the new User.NewDomain account
7) Reboot and log in as User.NewDomain
8) Turn OldServer back on and move any rogue user files from the old server to the user's directory on the new server

I made the test today and it works fine

Thanks to all

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