Best way to join computer to domain and keep user desktop

Discussion in 'Server Setup' started by, Feb 5, 2010.

  1. What is best way to join a computer to active directory domain and retain
    the users existing desktop setting?
, Feb 5, 2010
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    Dave Patrick Guest

    On a newly-joined-to-the-domain PC if you logon to the pc first, then to the
    domain you would end up with two profiles.
    Else if you logon to the domain first, then to the pc you would end up with

    You can use the Copy To function to mirror the profile. Logon at least once
    after joining the domain. Then while logged on as another user (with
    administrative rights) Control Panel|System|Advanced|User Profiles|Settings,
    select your oldprofile, Copy To, Browse to
    %systemdrive%\Documents and Settings\newprofile
    Change "Permitted to use:" to "newprofile" OK.


    Logon once to the new domain then run regedt32.exe and navigate to;

    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList

    locate the new profile SID and edit the Reg_Expand_Sz 'ProfileImagePath' to
    point back to the old local profile.




    Dave Patrick ....Please no email replies - reply in newsgroup.
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows]
    Dave Patrick, Feb 6, 2010
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