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User profile migration

By flyfshmn ·
Welcome and Happy Holidays all,

I am in the process of starting a migration of user ID's from one format to another. This involves the changing of the name. This will be for AD intergration in the near future.

I am looking for a tool or script that will change the userid's profile from one name to antoher. We do not want to re-create each users desktop.

Is it possible to change the existing profile name to reflect the new userid and keep the same settings? For ex. bsmith (old) to smith.ben (new).

What are the steps to complete this? It sounds like I can login as local admin and rename the profile. Is this true? What about a script to rename the profile from a floppy?

Thanks in advance for your input.

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by curlergirl In reply to User profile migration

You can't just rename the profile folder on the workstation because of the user SID that's attached to the user's domain login. However, what you can do is copy the contents of the old folder to the new one after the new folder is created. The only thing you have to be careful about is permissions. If you are using roaming profiles, this becomes easier, because all of the profiles are on the server. If you're not using roaming profiles now, you might want to set that up first and then do your migration from one set of user IDs to the other. In order to ensure that the permissions are properly configured for ALL the contents of the new profile folders, you need to first copy the profile subfolders to the new folder. Then you need to use cacls from the command line to ensure that all the folders and files in the profile have the user and Administrator set to Full Control.

Hope this helps!

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