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Converting users into new domain

By rgrowcock ·
Is there an easy way for users to be added to a domain and keep their current setting. I am administering a small office and just now setting up a server environment and want to have all users log into the server for security reasons. All I have been able to find out is making a template, but from what I have read, that is only for the computer itself, not programs. Same as with system policies. Is there a way to create different groups with like software and just have the users logon that way? That may work for new users, but what of my exsistng users and their profiles? Any help will be appreciated. Thanks

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by lkearns In reply to Converting users into new ...

So, what you're trying to do is keep the local profile of the local user logins for the new network logins which you would use since the network login has a different SID and creates a new profile directory. It's actually not too hard, especially since you have a small network. There's a registry setting you can change, so you have to feep comfortable editing the registry.

First have the person log in with thier network login. Next log in as administrator and run regedt32.

The followinglocation in the registry holds all the profile directories and what accounts they match up to. Find the one from the new network account, if you use the same login name, it'll be <username>.1, or else the new user name. Then just change the directory to the old profile directory.

//HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/Windows NT/Current Version/ProfileList

Then if you don't normally give users Administrative access to thier computers you have to change the rights on the old profile directory to give the network user full control over it.

Once that's done you should be able to log in as the new user and get the old profile.

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by donq In reply to Converting users into new ...

Depending on who's software you are using throuout your business there may be more to SID than an NT identifyer. Microsoft Access applications that have User Level Security store their security values in a default Workgroup file named "System.mdw". Security belongs to Workgroups - not databases or applicaations and an Access 2000 SID is a computer generated User Name concatenated to the User ID (which acts like an encrypted password). If you are constructing Log-in IDs (or SIDs) based on Uner ID and Password NT can pass your creation to their existing SIDs IF YOU USE THE SAME NAMES and PASSWORDS.

This may be nothing, or it may save you from a lot of grief later on if you are a Microsoft Shop using Office etc.??? Have fun!

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