6. Copying local machine profiles to domain profiles

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I am having trouble copying local machine profiles to domain profiles. Is there a resource that you know of that I can consult for best practices on copying profiles? My organization runs a Novell network with Win2k workstations, and we do not store profiles on the network, only on the local machine. We do, however, have a Microsoft domain that we have created along with our Novell network and we want our Win2k users to run only domain profiles on their workstations.

The problems I am seeing are that not everything from the local profile is being copied to the domain profile when I run the copy profiles command. Also, when I try to delete a domain profile that I have created, it seems to corrupt other profiles? Any advice would be of great value. Thank you.

This question posed on 07 January 2002

You could try to copy the profile manually. After all, it is just a set of files and folders:

  1. Create the folder on the share where you want the roaming profile to be stored.

  2. Copy the folder from a local workstation where the users profile is.

  3. Tell the user to log off.

  4. Set the users profile information in Active Directory.

  5. Prior to the user logging on to the network again, rename the old local folder on their workstation. I say rename so that should something go wrong, you could copy the old profile back in.

  6. Once they have logged on successfully (AND logged off -- profiles are not saved until you log off) then you may delete the old profile folder on their local machine.

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