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SBS 2011 install - move profiles from old domain account

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  • I have a new install - SBS 2011 - with a different domain name in the existing 2003 SBS 2003 domain. I did this because I wanted a clean install-no migration.  Can I move with the http://connect Wizard the old domain profile?  Or am I asking for trouble.  Is it better to simply import Outlook PST files (both pop and exchange mailbox)?

    By the way if you use http://connect to join a computer, how would you disjoin that computer at a later date?

    Friday, February 4, 2011 8:07 PM

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  • Hi Big E

    I am going through the same scenario. I have tested a few things.

    1) I dont want to bring any old AD stuff. So I recreate the users. I needed to reduce the password policy, but it is very easy using the SBS console.

    2) I set up a SynchToy connection to migrate files over to the new server.

    3) Getting Exchange data over there is two options.
         - Exmerge on the Exchange server (SBS server) - or-
         - Ask to users to do it themself

    4) Client migration, I user Windows easy transfeer - it is great
        A) Use Windows easy transfeer on the client -->USB disk
        B) Run connect --> Transfeer client to new domain
        C) Login to new domain for all users on the client
        D) Run Windows easy transfeer, remember to map user profiles, or you get an error
        E) End user experiance 100% success :-)

    5) Remember

    Point SMTP and other ports to new server prior to export

    Stop DHCP on olde server

    After no 4. users just import there pst file. Now the only differense is domain name :-)

    Henrik

     


    Henrik
    • Marked as answer by BigE1955 Monday, February 7, 2011 4:35 PM
    Friday, February 4, 2011 9:02 PM
  • The only way to do that would be to use the Windows Easy transfer wizard on the local user account. You are better off using http://connect and then using the wizard once joined to the domain
    • Marked as answer by BigE1955 Monday, February 7, 2011 4:35 PM
    Saturday, February 5, 2011 12:39 AM

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  • Hi Big E

    I am going through the same scenario. I have tested a few things.

    1) I dont want to bring any old AD stuff. So I recreate the users. I needed to reduce the password policy, but it is very easy using the SBS console.

    2) I set up a SynchToy connection to migrate files over to the new server.

    3) Getting Exchange data over there is two options.
         - Exmerge on the Exchange server (SBS server) - or-
         - Ask to users to do it themself

    4) Client migration, I user Windows easy transfeer - it is great
        A) Use Windows easy transfeer on the client -->USB disk
        B) Run connect --> Transfeer client to new domain
        C) Login to new domain for all users on the client
        D) Run Windows easy transfeer, remember to map user profiles, or you get an error
        E) End user experiance 100% success :-)

    5) Remember

    Point SMTP and other ports to new server prior to export

    Stop DHCP on olde server

    After no 4. users just import there pst file. Now the only differense is domain name :-)

    Henrik

     


    Henrik
    • Marked as answer by BigE1955 Monday, February 7, 2011 4:35 PM
    Friday, February 4, 2011 9:02 PM
  • Thanks.

    When you say to have users handle Exchange mailbox transfer, you mean to have them export their Exchange mailbox to a PST, and then import it back in the new Exchange mailbox on the new server.   The same thing is done with the the POP mailbox - export to PST and import.

    Friday, February 4, 2011 9:42 PM
  • Hi Big E

    4) Client migration, I user Windows easy transfeer - it is great
        A) Use Windows easy transfeer on the client -->USB disk
        B) Run connect --> Transfeer client to new domain
        C) Login to new domain for all users on the client
        D) Run Windows easy transfeer, remember to map user profiles, or you get an error
        E) End user experiance 100% success :-)


    Henrik

    Henrik you missed something fairly important

    Before you can do B you need to remove the client from the old domain, but before doing that you need to make sure you know the local admin password. Reset the local admin password before removing the pc/laptop from the domain. Then remove it from the domain by adding it to a work group. Then run the http://connect after logging in with the local admin details.

    Friday, February 4, 2011 10:36 PM
  • The http://connect has a way to move an old profile to the new user profile.  Can you select the old domain profile to move to the new user profile using the connect wizard?  Or is it better to use Windows easy transfer OR just manually move it? 

    • Marked as answer by BigE1955 Monday, February 7, 2011 4:35 PM
    • Unmarked as answer by BigE1955 Monday, February 7, 2011 4:35 PM
    Friday, February 4, 2011 11:59 PM
  • The only way to do that would be to use the Windows Easy transfer wizard on the local user account. You are better off using http://connect and then using the wizard once joined to the domain
    • Marked as answer by BigE1955 Monday, February 7, 2011 4:35 PM
    Saturday, February 5, 2011 12:39 AM
  • Connect will only move unjoined pcs into the domain, not domain to domain.
     
    Saturday, February 5, 2011 1:58 AM
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  • I was able to "copy" old domain profiles located on each local
    workstation to a temporary local profile. For example, Dan.XXX
    profile from old domain to "temp" local profile.

    Removed each workstation from old domain, logged into temp local
    profile, and joined new SBS domain. Let the connector software
    "migrate" profile when asked to move documents and settings to new
    SBS domain profile.

    However, after restoring some files, I see that the "new" SBS profile
    is actually still linked to the temp local profile.

    For example, log into new Dan SBS profile, copy files to the desktop,
    but the files are actually stored in the temp's desktop folder, not
    the new domain profile.

    Both the new SBS profile and the local temp profile are the same size,
    both before and after restoring files. Its almost as if the SBS
    profile is getting cloned.

    All of the user's settings and local documents migrated, but
    everything is still linked to the temp profile, so now it seems like
    there are two profiles for one SBS login.
    Sunday, February 20, 2011 3:23 AM