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What files do you copy over when starting users off with a newly imaged PC?

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What files do you copy over when starting users off with a newly imaged PC?

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We frequently upgrade users to newer PCs and the goal is to make the transition as smooth as possible. I normally copy over the desktop, favorites and my documents folders from c:\documents and settings\loginID\. In addition I copy the .NK2 file from Outlook's Application Data folder so they'll have all the addresses they sent to previously appear in the drop down box as they begin to type the names. What other files you do you copy to a new users (or your own) PC when starting them with a clean OS.

Does anyone know of a simple registry key or file that contains the network drives a user has mapped?
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    dgennello

    We have been using PC Mover to accomplish this and have found it much easier. We support small businesses and they each have their own set of applications and PC Mover grabs almost all of them as well.

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    LarryD4

    Why worry about that when you can store their profile on the server with the home folder?

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    ThumbsUp2

    In addition to the .NK2 file, you should be copying the Outlook .PST file from their Local Settings if it's being stored locally.

    I'll also make a backup of their Application Data and Local Settings folders, but not copy them over to the new computer, because inevitably, there will be an application settings/options/preference file somewhere that doesn't get configured on a default set up of the application.

    I never copy the entire desktop since we are often upgrading the OS along with the PC and applications might be in a different location. But, I might look to make sure they haven't accidentally stored some files there and grab them if needed (eg: they're not supposed to store files there). I also look to see which shortcuts they have on their old desktop and where they are placed because some people prefer no shortcuts at all. Others prefer a ton of shortcuts. I just try to duplicate what they're accustomed to seeing without doing an actual 'copy' of the old desktop bringing the old problems to the new computer.

    As far as knowing which drives are mapped, we have the 'standards' for every user mapped (eg: S = their individual user folder on the server, P = another place, M = yet another place) which always get mapped. For other mapping, I'm not sure where that key is located in the registry. I just look at the old computer.

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    dgennello

    We have been using PC Mover to accomplish this and have found it much easier. We support small businesses and they each have their own set of applications and PC Mover grabs almost all of them as well.

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    LarryD4

    Why worry about that when you can store their profile on the server with the home folder?

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    ThumbsUp2

    In addition to the .NK2 file, you should be copying the Outlook .PST file from their Local Settings if it's being stored locally.

    I'll also make a backup of their Application Data and Local Settings folders, but not copy them over to the new computer, because inevitably, there will be an application settings/options/preference file somewhere that doesn't get configured on a default set up of the application.

    I never copy the entire desktop since we are often upgrading the OS along with the PC and applications might be in a different location. But, I might look to make sure they haven't accidentally stored some files there and grab them if needed (eg: they're not supposed to store files there). I also look to see which shortcuts they have on their old desktop and where they are placed because some people prefer no shortcuts at all. Others prefer a ton of shortcuts. I just try to duplicate what they're accustomed to seeing without doing an actual 'copy' of the old desktop bringing the old problems to the new computer.

    As far as knowing which drives are mapped, we have the 'standards' for every user mapped (eg: S = their individual user folder on the server, P = another place, M = yet another place) which always get mapped. For other mapping, I'm not sure where that key is located in the registry. I just look at the old computer.