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Migrating to Windows XP Office XP

By borgjs ·
Here is the situation:
Deploying Windows XP with Office XP to 500 PCs throughout NJ. Set up RIS
server to create ghost images for the three different Models. Migrating from Win98SE Office 2000
I have been given four weeks to start the deployment.I am now on the fifth
week. My images are good everything configured correctly and working fine.

Here is the problem:
I don't need to transfer all of the user settings, files, and folders. I was
going to try the USMT however I am having a problem getting the
configuration correct. It brings entirely too much over.
All I need are the following -
Outlook 2000 profile, just the profile with pst or pab files none of the
customizations.
Internet Explorer Favorites, moved to a new folder called old pc in the
favorites folder on the new PC. Again none of the users customizations.
Make the My Documents folder mapped to a separate drive, in this case U:\My
Documents which is the current drive anyhow so there files and folders in do
not need to be migrated from this folder.
Migrate Cookies.
Do a search of the Hard drive for particular file types and move them to a
folder called Old PC on the users desktop on the New PC.
I would also like it to transfer over the ODBC data connections. And Citrix
Web Client Connection settings, my wish list would be to rename the client
name for the Citrix Connection to the new computer name.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I have searched everywhere for a solution.

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by phil.hall In reply to Migrating to Windows XP O ...

You're asking for a lot of independent tasks to happen all at (nearly) once. Drive imaging solutions can only get you so far. I think your best bet is to perform OS ans software upgrade rather than imaging. The Outlook profile, IE favs, cookies can be dealt with with a straight upgrade. The My Documents folder redirection will be handled via cut-n-paste of the files to the new location and a modification to the registry for the folder redirection. Finding files on the drive and moving them can be done as a login script. ODBC would migrate automatically. Ditto for any software (like the new Citrix client).

I think an upgrade rather than an image is your best bet at this time.

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by ElTea In reply to Migrating to Windows XP O ...

It is possible to customize USMT to take only the files you want. We did some customization when we migrated 1200 users from 95/98/NT/2000 to XP Pro.

We completed each user in 3.5 hours or less, that included migrating all user data to a network drive, new image on workstation, migrate all data back to workstation.

We found a lots of compatibility issues.

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by Philando In reply to Migrating to Windows XP O ...

Folder redirection can be handled by Group Policy. The Outlook profile and data can be handled by an .MST file (transform)that runs with the office installation. This file is used to customize office installation, but have all the options you just described.

Like the other post suggested you should probably use a logon script to handle file search and move.

You should look into doing pieces of this project at a time. Its easier to manage. Use the different ideas in the posts to handle the project. Your're a week late and probably feeling pressured, but take control of the project and do it in steps the right way (less headaches in the end). GOOD LUCK .

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by Moushie_23 In reply to Migrating to Windows XP O ...

We just recently completed an roll out similar to this situation. On the old machine we ran a batch file that scanned and moved all personal files and pst to a server with the computer name...Then we Ris'd the pc, ran another batch file that moved all the files back down to specified locations. Made custom adjustments to some apps. Each pc was completed in about 2 hours. The batch file that we wrote would search for everything with particular exentions (.pst, .doc) in specified locations. Then the other batch file to reload all files specified where each type of file should be placed...(.doc files to go to My Docs and pst files to go to the Outlook folder). It was very sucessfull. We rolled about 4000 pc's in 2 months... Good luck

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by nicholas.chapman99 In reply to Migrating to Windows XP O ...

Hi

I find using ghost images really saves time and on a good network you can ghost a pc in 5-10min. this excludes the backing up and restoring of data ofcourse.

For Outlook profile moving, visit http://www.slipstick.com/config/backup.htm
Everything you ever wanted to know about Outlook.

For the tranfer of the user data to a server, what about the default windows backup, i find it is fast and efficient. it even compresses data to save space.

If you need to install it, follow thesesteps.

NOTE: This procedure requires access to your original Windows disks or CD-ROM or to the server-based-setup (SBS) shared installation of Windows.

In Control Panel, double-click Add/Remove Programs.
On the Windows Setup tab, click Disk Tools (or System Tools), and then click Details.
Click the Backup check box to select it, and then click OK.
Click OK.

To change the my documents path for files on the server etc, in WinxP right click on my documents on your desktop

In searching for files types, a batch file sounds good, remember to use dir/S/w/p and then your file type in your search. as this will search your whole machine/drive.

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