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Adding domain name to server without losing user's account and data

By tdenmark ·
I have a small company with 1 Server and 15 XP PC in a workgroup with user?s account. We now have a domain name that needs to be added to the Server. How can I set this up and will my current user?s account and data be lose?

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No dice, again

by Churdoo In reply to Adding domain name to ser ...

I answered your first post:
http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-6230-0.html?forumID=101&threadID=268617&messageID=2546429

In short, you will lose the local users and groups when you promote your server to DC of the new active directory domain, but you will not lose any file data, but you will have to reset all permissions.

Check the above post, and post back any further questions

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dcpromo

by honey_11 In reply to No dice, again

Type this command in run dialog box & follow the instructions. The local users then will be automatically converted in to domain users. You will not lose any data.

Good luck!

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hmmm, my bad

by Churdoo In reply to dcpromo

If this is true, my bad! I didn't think that dcpromo copied local users into AD users, but evidently I may be wrong.

The next thing you'll need to figure out however, is what happens on the local workstations when the workstation is joined to the new domain and the user logs into it. As the domain user, he may get a brand new profile instead of his old one, so you may have to factor in copying the local profile to the newly created domain user profile. It's still not a risk for losing any data, it's just a matter of factoring in the time to do the copy at each workstation.

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