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Retrieving a WIN NT Profile

By Rob Hogan ·
I have a few Win NT workstations that I have had to remove from my domain and then reinstall back to the domain for various reasons, after this of course NT created new profiles for the users when they logon since I do not have any roaming profiles set. I wanted to try and retrieve these profiles using the User Profiles Tab in Sys Properties and using the copy to function. The only problem I run into is that the profile I am trying to retrieve is listed as account unknown and will not allow me to copy it. Is there a good way to retrieve this profile or is it lost forever?????
Thanks in advance,
Rob

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by spiceman In reply to Retrieving a WIN NT Profi ...

You need to go to each workstation under winnt profiles username. If the user was Smith and the system created another profile under Smith the old profile may be given names like Smith.001. Here's where you copy the old profiles from. Your best bet is to create roaming user profiles so that the profiles are stored at one location.

Good luck.

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by Rob Hogan In reply to Retrieving a WIN NT Profi ...

I guess the old saying hindsight is 20/20 is rather accurate! I have found that I can do this IF I copy the profile before removing from the domain, but I am trying to find a way to retrieve this afterwards...in the profiles section it labels the profile as unknown and will not allow access to it.

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by Bill Cassada In reply to Retrieving a WIN NT Profi ...

I think you are going to find this to be difficult. NT uses the SAM database to assign SID tokens to user profiles. You cannot simply copy a profile the way you describe. You can create the profile THEN copy the contents of it over. That is probably the way to avoid any headaches.

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by Rob Hogan In reply to Retrieving a WIN NT Profi ...

It appears that this is correct. I simply cannot find a way to recover these profiles

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by Rob Hogan In reply to Retrieving a WIN NT Profi ...

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