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Posted on 2016-09-07
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Hi Guys,

I am looking for the best tool to assist with Windows workstation profile transfers (from one domain to another)
When manually copying documents & data across it takes forever.
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When manually copying documents & data across it takes forever.
Can you explain that? Is it just cumbersome, or is a slow link between both domains?

In general, I recommend RoboCopy for syncing or moving large amount of files and/or big files. You can stop at any time, and continue later without much added overhead.
But if the connection is slow, the copy process should be able to compress data on the fly. RoboCopy can't do that.
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by:Rupert Eghardt
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Thanks Qlemo,

By slow I mean it is cumbersome.
I guess with RoboCopy the actual process with take the same amount of time, although it is automated?
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RoboCopy will be faster than using Explorer, but not magically enhance speed. But as said the pro is that you can use the profile while copying, and then just run the copy again to transfer updates (including deletion of files) with reasonable time spent for that last step.
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Before you copy the profiles, have user clear their Temp. Internet Files and any other junk they don't want. That will make a huge difference in copy time.
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Maybe use something like User Profile Wizard? https://www.forensit.com/domain-migration.html

I've used Transwiz, which compresses the profile. I don't know if User Profile Wizard does the same.

https://www.forensit.com/products.html
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IIRC ProfWiz does not copy anything, but just changes security and registry settings (and removes/adds domain registration).
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Thanks, Qlemo.

Yes. The web page says "User Profile Wizard does not move, copy or delete any data. Instead it configures the profile “in place” so that it can be used by your new user account"

OK. So Transwiz would be the one to copy/compress the files.
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