New domain same local profile?

By jpknox287 ·
Is it possible to add a computer to a new domain and keep the old user profile so that outlook features stay intact? Some users are moving to a new office that will be on its own domain so i will be adding there computers to the new domain. Is it possible to do it so i dont have to transfer there old profiles over? What is the easiest way to do this?


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Yes you can

by jak In reply to New domain same local pro ...

I know this is a very old post, but I thought I'd reply anyway. This definately can be done. Let me know if you still want to know.

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I would like to know how

by Sue T In reply to Yes you can

I'd like to know how to do this. I'm not the original poster so I won't be able to give you a thumb. Thank you.

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You could

by IC-IT In reply to I would like to know how

ask the question in a new post. ;-)

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If it is a local profile

by The Scummy One In reply to I would like to know how

than it should stay regardless of what domain it is in, and it should still function.

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by mohan.guduru9 In reply to New domain same local pro ...

Moving a Windows local user profile to a domain user profile

Note - this works reliably with Windows XP but is a gamble with Vista. It may cause Vista to BSOD so I advise against using it with Vista.

When you remove a computer from a domain the user profiles are then no longer associated with any user accounts. You generally have to copy the old profiles into the newly created ones.

This trick reassociates the old profile to the new one. You no longer need to copy the profile. It saved me from having to copy a profile with 60+ Gb of mpg?s and photos. It is also useful if the profile is larger than the available disk space which would prevent it from being copied.

I also used this trick to reassociate a domain profile to a local user account, and it works to move a profile from one domain to another.

After successfully logging in as your new user, immediately log out and log back in as the local machine administrator.

2. Go to Documents and Settings and you?ll see two profile folders with similar names. One will probably have .DOMAIN appended to the end. This is the new profile.

3. Move the new profile folder to another location. Remember where it is and what it?s called.

4. Add the new user account to the local administrators group on the computer.

5. Go Start\Run and type regedit then click OK.

6. Choose Edit\Find from the menu and type the name of the folder you just moved. It?ll be somewhere like: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList\<SID number> and the key is called ProfileImagePath. The string will look like ?%SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\?

7. Change the value of this key to the path of your original profile folder.

8. Then go into regedit, highlight HKEY_USERS, and go to File\load hive, then find the users NTUSER.DAT (ensure you have hidden files visible), and load this file. The NTUSER.DAT file will be found in the new profile folder - the one you moved. Regedit will prompt for a name. Type anything for the name as this is just the subkey that the user?s registry hive will appear under.

9. Then right-click on that subkey and choose Permissions. You will see the old SID which can no longer be resolved to a user account name because it belongs to the old domain, to which the machine is no longer joined. Delete that SID, and add the user again from the new domain with full permissions. Then unload the hive from the file menu (otherwise the file will be locked/in use and you won?t be able to use it).

10. Also remove the old SID and add the new user (same user, but new SID, so a new user as far as Windows is concerned) as the owner or full-permissions for \documents and settings\username. Do all of this while logged in as a domain administrator of the new domain.

11. Now reboot and log in as the user. All the settings will be there as before.

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