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    Copying Client files

    by thomasjliggett ·

    Hi All-

    Looking for a little guidance on this one. So within SCCM / MECM there is a tool called USMT or (User state migration) I thought this was going to be a lot more than what it turned out to be. I was looking for a solution to move some of my clients to new machines. I wanted a way to make the transition seamless. Something where I could have a new machine setup I could click a button and it would copy over all the clients documents/ applications etc. This would be new hardware. The source computer for example would be a windows 10 machine running 2016 LTSB. The new machine would either be running windows 10H2 or windows 2021 LTSC. Thanks in advance for any advice on this.

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      Re: migration

      by kees_b ·

      In reply to Copying Client files

      In the cases I’ve seen in the company I worked, the PC’s/laptops were in a domain and everything for everybody was either on a Windows server (in AD or in shared directories) or in the cloud. All we had to do was login into a freshly imaged computer and everything worked and everything was available.
      User-specific applications, if not in the image, were reïnstalled. Not moved.

      People storing company or even private data on their local PC (which isn’t recommended at all) are responsible for backup and restore (or copying) of their own data.

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      by rproffitt ·

      In reply to Copying Client files

      With many apps today demanding online activation and locks I found such systems to fail so often that I don’t consider them an option. As Kees noted in the office we use the usual Windows Server for company work. If the company user has files elsewhere those are their responsibility.

      -> Applications are reinstalled.

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        by thomasjliggett ·

        In reply to Applications.

        Thanks for the responses. These are the kind of responses I was thinking that I would get. I was just seeing if anyone might do it any different. With USMT I think we had the wrong idea of what it did. The thought was it would just copy and bring everything forward, but what it seems to do is just bring the files and user settings / customization forward. Makes sense but isn’t a carbon copy of the old computer.

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          There are some IT systems that…

          by rproffitt ·

          In reply to Thanks for Replies

          Will silent install the company provided apps. I’m no longer in such a company but find NINITE.COM to be great when I want to quickly install my usual apps from their system.

          Also Microsoft may have documentation for automating installs of their software. For other apps we do more research:

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