Moving local user profile over to domain profile -- moveusers.exe?

Discussion in 'Active Directory' started by IT Consultant, Jan 8, 2008.

  1. I find it hard to believe that for most administrators--especially with new
    companies coming from a workgroup and going to a domain is such a headache.
    I've searched all over the internet for a simple tool that will take a
    workgroup local user account plus settings and allow an administrator to
    move/convert that account to be used in a new domain on the same computer.

    Is it just me or is this "mission impossible?" The users are on Windows XP
    and going to a domain profile locally via AD on an Windows 2003 Server R2.

    Thanks in advance for your knowledge,

    IT Consultant, Jan 8, 2008
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  2. Believe it.
    This is always a PITA. I have to say that one of the few SBS wizards I
    *love* is the Connectcomputer one, which neatly does this for you. However,
    I also have no problem with creating a brand new profile and saying to
    users "here's your clean slate - no whining" - I control most stuff via
    group policy anyway, and I don't use the profile folders to store any data.
    It's easy to copy out Favorites if you need to.

    Use folder redirection for My Docs, Desktop, and Application Data so you
    never have anything super important in the profile folders again.

    That said....


    or the WinXP FAST (file and settings transfer wizard)

    or ...

    Join the domain
    Log in as the new domain user, and log out
    Log back in as an account with admin rights on the box (not either user
    acct, tho)
    Go to control panel, system, User Profiles, click the
    Settings button
    Select the domain user's profile, click on Copy To, and browse to the new
    domain user's c:\documents and settings\username folder.
    Click OK.
    Click the Change button in Permitted to use and select the domain\username
    account you just copied

    Join the domain
    Log in once as the domain user, log out
    Log in as an admin, open regedit, go to the new domain account profile for
    the user under HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList\
    Change it to the old local user's profile path.
    Open Windows Explorer, go to the old profile path, and give the new domain
    user account full permissions to all files, folders, and subfolders.
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Jan 9, 2008
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  3. Paul Bergson [MVP-DS], Jan 9, 2008
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