Switch from Domain to Workgroup

By dklauk ·
I have a small SBS2003 net with 4 workstations all of which run xp pro. The workstations/users were initially set up to be part of a domain but now I need to isolate a domain problem (by eliminating it, even if just temporarily) so that I can troubleshoot the net behavior in a peer-to-peer manner.

QUESTION: If I go to each client workstation and switch from the domain to a workgroup, will XP keep the current user profile and also use the current computer name? I am concerned that I will lose the user profile when I do the reboot of each workstation.

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Unjoining the domain ...

by Churdoo In reply to Switch from Domain to Wor ...

... will reset the profile. The users will log in and a new profile will be created for them and they will not have access to their old one.

You would have to copy their domain profile to a local user account before you unjoin the domain for the best chance of keeping the profiles. This makes your troubleshooting technique a pain in the a$$, especially if temporary because you'll have to copy their profile again when you go back to the domain.

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profile reset

by dklauk In reply to Unjoining the domain ...

1. By 'domain profile' you mean the user profile on the xp station that is associated with the domain on the server?

2. Could I not go into xp..."My Computer...Properties...Advanced, then click the Settings button in the UserProfile frame" and save the user profile to a thumb drive, say? And then do the unjoin to a workgroup; reboot to a new user profile and then copy the saved user profile to Docs & Settings?

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See if this helps

by Jacky Howe In reply to Switch from Domain to Wor ...

You would be better of doing this while you are still connected to the Domain.
You can copy the Users Cached Profile.

Copy a User Profile
To copy an existing user profile to another user's account, follow these steps:
1. Click Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Properties on the shortcut menu that appears.
2. Click the Advanced tab, and then click Settings under User Profiles.
3. In the Profiles stored on this computer list, click the profile that you want to copy.
4. Click Copy To.
5. In the Copy To dialog box, do one of the following In the Copy profile to box.
? Click Browse, and then navigate to the user profile folder that you want to copy the profile to. Click OK.
6. Under Permitted to use, click Change. Type the name of the user that will be permitted to use this profile, and then click OK.
7. In the Copy To dialog box, click OK. If you receive a "Confirm Copy" message, click Yes.
8. Click OK twice.

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See if this helps...

by dklauk In reply to See if this helps

I like this approach. However, you say "To copy an existing user profile to another user's account." Actually, I want to copy the cached profile to the same user account on the same xp pro station.

Did I explain this okay?

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by Jacky Howe In reply to See if this helps...

the Profile that the User is using to connect to the Domain is a Cached Profile.
Create a new User Local Account and copy the Domain Profile over that. When you disconnect from the Domain you can rename the new Profile to the name of the original Domain Profile. Make sense?

< add local account >

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Disconnect from the Domain...

by dklauk In reply to Sort of

I think I understand. Am I correct in saying that I do the steps you outline w/o having to reboot?

And that when a reboot is done the cached profile will be the one the user wants?

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When you disconnect

by Jacky Howe In reply to Disconnect from the Domai ...

from the Domain the cached Profile may dissapear. You will want to log on with the New Profile as it is a copy of the original Profile.

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by dklauk In reply to When you disconnect

Thanks, True Blue, for your help.

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No Problems :)

by Jacky Howe In reply to Thanks

Thanks for the Thumb.

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Note: you will need to set the admin password

by CG IT In reply to See if this helps

for the local XP machines. you do this while you still are connected to the domain.

With domain admin privileges, on each workstation, in control panel, users, reset or assign the administrators account a password. If you do not do this, you will not be able to log on locally to the machine using an administrators level account to configure the workstations.

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