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Migrate Profiles When Changing a Domain

By mikebmarcus ·
When putting replacing a domain controller in a network (the new domain controller has a new domain name) Windows XP (Also 2000) creates a new profile for each logon. Is there any sane (as in easy) way to move all the profile settings (outlook, mydocs, mywhatever info) to the new profile?

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by TPCosmo In reply to Migrate Profiles When Cha ...

That should be somewhat easy. The XP and 2000 computers will have directories in the 'Documents and Settings' directory on your C: drive which will corelate to specific users. You probably will have a directory with UserA, then another with UserA.NewDomain. Logging in as the administrator will allow you to browse both directories, and copy stuff between them. You can copy almost all of the contents between folders, but the NTUSER.DAT file should be left alone. Good luck.

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by mwc In reply to Migrate Profiles When Cha ...

You may want to take a look a Microsoft's USMT tool. Check:
MS article Q321197
SUMMARY
The User State Migration tool (USMT) includes the same functionality as the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard, but also permits administrators to fully customize specific settings such as unique modifications to the registry.

The User State Migration tool is designed for administrators only; individual users do not have to use the User State Migration tool. The User State Migration tool requires a client computer that is connected to a Microsoft Windows server-based domain controller.

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