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  • My clients' laptops use user profiles which are 'domain' (not local) profiles which were at some point connected to a server which has now been decommissioned. So, all their user data is stored on the old domain profile.

    In order to connect these laptops to a new domain (WSE 2016), it is necessary to 'disconnect' the devices from the old domain (system properties - computer name - change - and select 'Workgroup'). This removes the domain profile account but it does seem to keep all the various user folders, such as Desktop, Documents etc. The downside is that it is not possible then to migrate the old domain user profile to the new domain profile, as the old domain profile does not show as an existing account in 'User Accounts'. So, everything has to be re-created manually - Outlook, One Drive, Bookmarks etc.

    Presumably, there isn't a way to recreate the old user domain profile in the new domain profile without the old account showing in 'User Accounts', although all the various old user folders are intact - AppData, Desktop etc.

    The difficulty in exporting/copying the existing domain user profile to the new domain profile, is that the new domain profile can only be created when the device has been 'downgraded' to a Workgroup and joined to the new domain, at which point the old domain account is deleted. Has anyone come across this problem before.

    Many thanks.
    Tuesday, September 17, 2019 11:25 AM

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  • Hi itechnician,

    I would recommend a specific tool for this job, ForensiT ProfWiz. ProfWiz is intended to be used as a domain migration tool, either from a non-domain to a domain or from domain to domain. This tool doesn't migrate local user profiles to the server, but it does migrate the local user profile data to the new domain profile that's local to the users machine.

    1. Go to https://www.forensit.com/Downloads/Profwiz.msi and download ProfWiz. I would recommend changing the install location to a USB drive, this will speed up moving between machines.

    2. Make sure you have your domain users created, have permissions to add a user to a domain, and you can communicate with your domain controller.

    3. Login as a local administrator on the computer you wish to migrate to the new domain. Start ProfWiz from the location you chose to install it. Enter the details to the new domain.

    4. Choose the profile you would like to migrate to the new domain.

    5. Click Next and the profile will be migrated. You will be prompted for the user that has permission to join the domain. The process could take a while to complete based on the size of the profile.

    Hopefully this helps,

    Dillon Sykes


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    • Edited by DillonSykes Wednesday, September 18, 2019 1:06 AM
    Wednesday, September 18, 2019 1:05 AM
  • HI
    did you try to use USMT to migrate user's old profile to the new one ? 
    How to Migrate Users and User Data to Windows 10
    https://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/TechNet+Radio/TNR1634

    Step-By-Step How To Migrate users and user Data from XP, Vista, Windows 7 or 8 TO Windows 10 Using Microsoft Tool USMT User State Migration Toolkit
    https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/danstolts/2016/01/step-by-step-how-to-migrate-users-and-user-data-from-xp-vista-windows-7-or-8-to-windows-10-using-microsoft-tool-usmt-user-state-migration-toolkit/

    Download and install the Windows ADK
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/get-started/adk-install

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    Andy YOU
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    Wednesday, September 18, 2019 3:52 AM
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  • HI
    Is there any progress on your question?

    Best Regards
    Andy YOU
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    Friday, September 20, 2019 4:03 AM
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  • Many thanks for all the feedback. It is greatly appreciated. One or two other complications have arisen in the meantime, so I have created another thread, which can be found at:

    https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsserver/en-US/199323b1-412e-4b37-9dbb-7ac3e28ba56d/conundrum?forum=ws16essentials

    Friday, September 20, 2019 12:12 PM
  • Many thanks for all the feedback. It is greatly appreciated. One or two other complications have arisen in the meantime, so I have created another thread, which can be found at:

    https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsserver/en-US/199323b1-412e-4b37-9dbb-7ac3e28ba56d/conundrum?forum=ws16essentials

    Friday, September 20, 2019 12:14 PM
  • HI
    Thanks for your reply.
    server essentials need new connector software to add client computers to new wse2016 domain ,so this issue I think it can not avoid.but we can try to find some methods to make user profile migration smoothly.


    Best Regards
    Andy YOU
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    Monday, September 30, 2019 2:55 AM
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