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Migrating to AD loses user's settings

By Mark ·
I am converting a client from Netware NDS to W2K3 AD. When W2K or XP clients are setup, the system sets up the AD login as a new user on the workstation. This makes my job tuff as I have to migrate all the mail settings, address book, mail messages, desktop themes, documents, etc. from the existing user to this new AD user. The users have the same login name, but the Domain is just different. I a have almost 50 workstations to deal with. Am I missing something? Is there a way to make these clients copy all the settings over automatically or just convert the existing user to a domain user?

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by Mark In reply to Migrating to AD loses use ...

After 2 days of sleepless work, I have migrated the stations, but I am still interested in a better approach. I did figure out that on the XP stations I could use the File & Settings Transfer Wizard to move most of their settings. I used Settings Only and then manually copied their "My Documents" and "Desktop" Files. This saved some time cause it copies a heck of alot of files when using the File option. The Settings option also copied the emails and address book which was a big help. The 2K workstations had to be done completely manual. FAST will create a backup file on 2K but does not offer a restore option. Does anyone know how to restore a FAST file to 2K? Seems it would be very similar to XP and should work.

I also hear about setting up Roaming Profiles. I am ignorant about this. Can this be done to preserve the User Settings before migrating?

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by w2ktechman In reply to Migrating to AD loses use ...

You would have to do some research, but if you backup some HKCU settings from the registry, you can import them and then it will save to the new system.

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I don't think we are on the same page here.

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by Mark In reply to Migrating to AD loses use ...

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