Migration of XP Profiles


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Guest

I invite you to submit your comments on this issue. When an XP user moves
from a workgroup to a domain, the operating system generates a new user
profile based on the Default User profile. Let's take a user "jonr" who has
logged on to his workstation for 3 years and has quite a sizable investment
of files, settings, Favorites, mailbox settings, etc. His computer is now
going to be joined to a Windows 2000 Active Directory domain. What is your
opinion of the Best Practice solution to change this machines' domain status,
minimize the disruption of the users' settings/configurations, and minimize
the amount of time IT staff will need to invest in manually copying data from
the user's old profile (localcomputer/jonr) to the user's new profile
(domain/jonr)?
Is there a simpler way I've missed?
Thanks for your input! Jon
jonr451 at hotmail dot com
 
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Shenan Stanley

JonR said:
I invite you to submit your comments on this issue. When an XP user
moves from a workgroup to a domain, the operating system generates a
new user profile based on the Default User profile. Let's take a
user "jonr" who has logged on to his workstation for 3 years and has
quite a sizable investment of files, settings, Favorites, mailbox
settings, etc. His computer is now going to be joined to a Windows
2000 Active Directory domain. What is your opinion of the Best
Practice solution to change this machines' domain status, minimize
the disruption of the users' settings/configurations, and minimize
the amount of time IT staff will need to invest in manually copying
data from the user's old profile (localcomputer/jonr) to the user's
new profile (domain/jonr)?
Is there a simpler way I've missed?
Thanks for your input! Jon
jonr451 at hotmail dot com

I know there is a tool for it - I believe.. However, it can also be
accomplished with some permission adjustments to the old profile and one
registry entry.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList
Proper SID for the new user after they logon once..
"ProfileImagePath" value.. Set it to point to the old profile.

The Domain User must have full rights to the old profile directory.
 
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Bruce Chambers

JonR said:
I invite you to submit your comments on this issue. When an XP user moves
from a workgroup to a domain, the operating system generates a new user
profile based on the Default User profile. Let's take a user "jonr" who has
logged on to his workstation for 3 years and has quite a sizable investment
of files, settings, Favorites, mailbox settings, etc. His computer is now
going to be joined to a Windows 2000 Active Directory domain. What is your
opinion of the Best Practice solution to change this machines' domain status,
minimize the disruption of the users' settings/configurations, and minimize
the amount of time IT staff will need to invest in manually copying data from
the user's old profile (localcomputer/jonr) to the user's new profile
(domain/jonr)?
Is there a simpler way I've missed?
Thanks for your input! Jon
jonr451 at hotmail dot com


If you need a scripted approach to handle a large number of machines
and users, the User State Migration Tool is your friend.

Description of the User State Migration Tool for Windows XP Professional
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;321197

If you've only couple profiles to transfer, the File And Settings
Transfer (F.A.S.T.) Wizard should suffice.

HOW TO Use the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard By Using the Windows
XP CD-ROM
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;306186

HOW TO Use the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard with a Wizard Disk in
Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;306187

Or, there is the "old fashioned," manual way:

How to Copy User Data to a New User Profile
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;811151


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