Move Profile from workgroup to new domain

Discussion in 'Server Networking' started by Jim B, Apr 4, 2005.

  1. Jim B

    Jim B Guest

    I have two Client Pc's with personalized settings and files that need to
    their profiles moved from a workgroup to a newly created 2003 domain. Any
    good suggestions on the procedure?

    Jim B, Apr 4, 2005
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  2. Jim B

    Todd J Heron Guest

    Option #1:

    1) Log on to the domain to create a new profile then log off. If the domain
    account has logged on already then go to the next step.
    2) Logon on as an administrator of the local machine.
    3) Open My Computer > Properties > use the copy profiles option to copy the
    local profile of the local account to the domain account. Log off and back
    on as the user.

    See tip 2240 in the 'Tips & Tricks' at

    Option #2:

    Change in the registry the profile path for the new user to point to the old
    profile folder (the user
    needs to log on at least once first).[email protected]

    If the user is not a local admin, you might need to something on the
    permission side. Use tip 4631 and 2240 in the 'Tips & Tricks' at as a guide.

    More here as well:

    Subject: Re: Lost profile when domain name changes
    Newsgroups: microsoft.public.win2000.active_directory

    HOW TO: Restore a User Profile in Windows 2000;en-us;314045

    Option #3:
    You can also use ADMT to migrate the user profiles. This can be run remotely
    and is very useful in an environment where computers are used by more than
    one person and so multiple profiles are present.

    See also:
    May want to see for help with
    copying the local profiles to the domain profile path(s)
    Todd J Heron, Apr 4, 2005
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  3. Jim B

    Jim B Guest

    Thanks Todd
    Jim B, Apr 4, 2005
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