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Migrating local users to domain users

By morfien101 ·
I have a slight problem in my company, where i have been brought in to clean a mess left by another IT Manager.

Let start with a quick review of what i have.

1 microsoft SBS 2003
about 20 computers in the head office.

half the computers are on a the domain and the other half are still on there local profiles.

does anyone know how to migrate the computers that are on there local profiles to use the domain controller to authenticate themselves and still have access to there emails and documents on there computer, with out painfully having to sit at each computer for 3 hours backing everything and then move it to the domain and put everything back.

i have tried the admt (active directory migration tool ) that is supplied by technet but that seem only to work if you migrating from one domain to another.

the problem im having is from a local machine to a domain.

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Connectcomputer wizard

by aaron.stevenson In reply to Migrating local users to ...

You should be able to open a browser on the client and point it to //servername/ConnectComputer
Click on "Connect to the network now" and the rest of the wizard is pretty self explanatory. *If the clients are already joined to the domain you must "un-join" them first:
On the Client:
Log in with THAT machine's LOCAL administrator account.
Unjoin the domain into a WORKGROUP
Change the name of the computer (this is not an option, you must use a name that is unique and hasn't been used before on your SBS)
Delete or rename the following directory C:\Program Files\Microsoft Windows Small Business Server\Clients
Delete the following Registry Key entirely: HKLM\Software\Microsoft\SmallBusinessServer
Make sure that the network settings are configured to get an IP address automatically (DHCP enabled)
Reboot
On the Server: (Server Management Console)
Remove the client computers if it still shows in the Client Computer screen on the Server Management Console
Add the client with it's NEW name using the Setup Client Computers wizard. When it finishes you will get a warning telling you how to finish the installation:

Migrating Vista clients is a little trickier, but can be done. You have to run a server and client patch to get it to work properly. Hope that helps.

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Same issue with Server 2003 Standard and XP Pro Clients

by todd In reply to Connectcomputer wizard

I have a similar problem. Is there a similar process that will work for Standard Edition Server 2003 R2 and XP Pro clients? I'd hate to go through moving every users files and settings. I'm actually upgrading a file server to Active Directory. That part is done, and I need to migrate all the users over.
Thanks. TC

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