Migrating local user accounts between two Windows Server 2003 mach

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Iain, Apr 29, 2008.

  1. Iain

    Iain Guest

    Hi - I hope this is the right place to ask this.

    I need to migrate applications between two web servers. Currently there are
    a large number of local computer accounts on the old machine. I want to
    transfer all or most of those (with passwords and groups) to the new machine.

    I've struggled to find out how to do it. There are lots of tools and advice
    for AD migration, but I've not found anything for Windows 2003 single machines

    Can anyone give me some pointers?


    Iain, Apr 29, 2008
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  2. Copypw.exe and exporter.zip might do the trick. Note that
    I haven't tried them myself.
    Pegasus \(MVP\), Apr 29, 2008
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  3. Iain

    Iain Guest

    Thanks Pegasus. Sadly .... :(

    From reading the readme it's not clear that CopyPwd will actually create
    user accounts on the target machine if they are not present.

    More to the point, the process of dumping actually fails with an error
    'Failed to create remote thread'. I suspect that 2003 server has been
    'fixed' so this sort of process won't work (hence why UMST won't work on it).

    As for exporter.zip - I couldn't run it and the 'help' file won't launch.

    Any other ideas would be gratefully received.

    Iain, Apr 29, 2008
  4. Sorry to hear that these tools failed to deliver. Have you had a look
    at Richard Mueller's web site? There are quite a few tools that
    might meet your requirements. http://www.rlmueller.net/freecode4.htm

    As an alternative you could export all users account details from
    the old server, using "net user", then massage the output to create
    accounts on the new server. This would NOT duplicate the
    existing passwords. How many accounts are involved?
    Pegasus \(MVP\), Apr 29, 2008
  5. Iain

    Iain Guest

    I'll check that out.
    Around 150 - 200.

    I have a colleague who has volunteered to do it by hand, but obviously this
    is prone to error (not to mention terminally boring!).

    Iain, Apr 29, 2008
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