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How can I transfer users' profile settings to a new profile in a new domain?

I have a PC with Windows XP Pro installed with users as a member of an NT 4 Domain, so each user has a profile with History, cookies etc. I want to install a new server based on Server 2003 with the XP PC connected to this new domain. What is the correct procedure to transfer all of the users previous profile settings to the new profile created when joining the new domain?

We have tried copying profiles using the System/Copy profiles and we have tried copying the Old user from Document & settings to the new user profile. But some things such as IE History don't seem to copy. Microsoft says that if we're using the latter method, don't copy the NTUSER.DAT, NTUSERDAT.LOG files. The problem also applies where PCs running XP Pro in a Workgroup situation are then added to a Domain (a new user profile is created). I understand that happens, but want to keep the new profiles as near to the original as possible.

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The easiest way to do this without upgrading the existing NT 4.0 system to Windows 2003 is to set up a new Windows 2003 Domain Controller in a brand-new forest, and then use the Active Directory Migration Tool (ADMT) to move the user accounts from the old domain. http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;325851 and http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;832221 have information on how to accomplish this.

This was first published in February 2004

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