Possible to rejoin domain without creating a new user?

I just set up a new 2012 R2 box to replace 2003.

I already disjoined one workstation from the old domain and joined it to the new, and I have two more to go.

My challenge is that any time I rejoin a domain, a new user is created. I get the "Preparing Desktop" message, and then Once the blank desktop appears I need to find the user's old desktop. move those files over, move IE favorites over, same for documents and then the biggie - Setting up a new Outlook account to work with the existing pst.

Is there a way to join/rejoin a domain without a new user being automatically created? In this case, the domain name is precisely the same as the old and the user names are the same. The Server 2003 box is completely retired and the new 2012 R2 box has taken its place.

Thanks for any help!

1 Dell Server 2012 R2
3 Windows 7 Pro workstations
bricar1PresidentAsked:
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
No. A new domain means new user accounts. That is inherent I windows security design. There are tools that can help migrate data from the old profile to the new, such as windows easy transfer, USMT, or ProfWiz, but the account will still be new and the data will need to be migrated (manually or with a tool) or abandoned.

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Scott GorcesterCTOCommented:
Both the user accounts and computer accounts are domain resources. Its normal that there are local PC accounts and domain accounts that we log into the pc's with. It sounds as though you are using the correct procedure to migrate the local users data to their new domain account.

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bricar1PresidentAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys. I actually used ProfWiz a few times in emergency situations, although I think I recall that it added an extra potential failure point which could once in a blue moon raise its ugly head.

I thought maybe there was a simple and obvious technique that I was completely oblivious to that would preserve the current user and their settings.

I feel better starting fresh anyway. Unfortunately my clients consider their networks the wild, wild west so it gets pretty maddening to find all their rogue files and get them in order. If I were on-site 24/7 things would certainly be different.

Thanks again!
Scott GorcesterCTOCommented:
We feel the same pain! :)

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