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local profile to domain profile: error

By jordan ·
problem: i have some computers that were once in a simple workgroup but i have decided to move them to a domain. the problem is that the users seem to lose all of their profile information once they log into the domain. i have been searching and searching past questions to hopefully find a solution to my problem. fortunately i found a number of different solutions. the best solution according to the community is as follows:

"Log on as Administrator on the 'local' machine. From the Advanced Tab of System Properties, click on the Settings button for profiles, after having logged on as the new domain user and given that user admin privledges to the local machine. Find the listing for the old "local" user profile that you want to retain, then click the copy button and browse under the Document& Settings folder to the new "<username.domain> and copy the profile. After setting user back to whatever security level you want them to have, log back in as that domain user."

unfortunately this does not work for me because during this process i get the following error:

Profile Error
Directory <C:\Documents and Settings\john.doe> coulld not be deleted. Please delete the directory and retry.

i can't seem to be able to delete the directory because it contains the NTUSER.dat files that won't delete because they are "in use".

what can i do?

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by haileyan In reply to local profile to domain p ...

There is most likely a service or program using that user's account. You cannot be logged in on a local account and move that local account. You can only copy the profile for an account that you are not logged in as.

From Microsoft:

When you are logged on as a user and you use the System tool to copy your current profile, you may receive the following error message:
Error Copying File

The following error has occurred:
The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process.


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This behavior can occur if any of the files in the profile are in use by another program. You are prompted to skip each file or terminate the process for each file that is locked by another program. If no files are in use, the profile is copied successfully.
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To prevent this issue from occurring, use any of the following methods: ? Quit all running programs before copying the profile.
? Only copy user profiles for users other than the currently logged on user.

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by haileyan In reply to

One more suggestion would be to log this system off and then copy the profile remotely using the hidden C$ share on the workstation. You will need to be a Domain Admin or a member of the local administrators group on the PC.

Go to My Computer and type in \\WORKSTATION NAME\C$ and press eneter. You will be looking ta that machines C drive.

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by dnin In reply to

if this is XP, to copy the profile, you will need to reboot (not log off) the machine and logon as admin (not the person to be copied or copying to)this will then allow you to copy.

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