Losing desktop, my documents when switching domains

I am moving user workstations from a SBS 2008 domain to a Linux Samba4 DC/AD both domains have the same name: hprs.local (they are not both online at the same time). I remove the workstation form the SBS 2008 domain, then connect to the Samba4. I do create the same user on the Samba4 domain using RSAT. When I log into the new domain as the same user, I have nothing on my desktop except workstation common programs such as anti-virus.

In C:\Users a new user has been created:

C:\Users\mark.hprs                          SBS 2008 user folder
C:\Users\mark.HPRS.000                 Samba4 user folder

I have copied the desktop, favorites, etc. C:\Users\mark.hprs to C:\Users\mark.HPRS.000, and it seems to work, although I haven't checked all icons.

Is there not a way to use the existing user folder instead of creating a new one?
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John HurstConnect With a Mentor Business Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I think, if you had Microsoft Sync or Offline files enabled, you will need new folders on the Linux server. Also it is a different file structure. So I think new folders and copy the data is probably the way to go.
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
The way you did it  is considered a NEW domain.. What you should do is add the Linux box as an additional server and once it is working properly decommission the SBS server.
jmarkfoleyAuthor Commented:
David Johnson:
What you should do is add the Linux box as an additional server
That sounds intriguing! I didn't think it was permitted to have more than one domain controller on a system at a time.

Can you elaborate a bit on how I would accomplish this? I guess It's not as simple as just adding the Linux DC into the LAN, right? A bit of a complication might be that the DC's are each designated on their respective networks and I'd have to change one or the other. Changing the Linux one would probably require re-provisioning - which makes me nervous.
jmarkfoleyAuthor Commented:
It wasn't horribly tough to do this the hard way. I took all workstations off the new domain, resurrected the old SBS 2008, and re-added all workstations back to the old domain. I then copied \\oldDomain\\Users\RedirectedFolders\thisUser\[desktop\My Documents] folders to a holding folder per user. Then, switched workstations back to the new domain and copied the contents of these folders to C:\Users\newdomainuser. That worked fine and, in fact, the files thus copies synchronized onto the redirected folder hierarchy on the new DC RedirectedFolders directory. I missed a few stragglers on the first pass: Signatures, screen saver, and such, but those are minor detail.

Too bad I couldn't somehow re-use or migrate the old user account. Users had a lot of tweaking to do including rearranging icons, restoring taskbar icons, re-creating shortcuts (not copied from desktop?). I would have liked to have tried: David Johnson's suggestion about adding the Linux box as an additional server
John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@jmarkfoley  - Thanks for the update and I was pleased to assist.
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