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copy pfofiles only? [message #163339] Fri, 29 May 2009 08:57 Go to next message
Eric S  is currently offline Eric S
Messages: 52
Registered: October 2009
Member
Hi,
As a seperate post as I am wondering if this can be done.
Is it possible to copy just the users profiles and data from one server to
another without going down the full server migration path.
I have a new server and the old server is too corrupted to do much with and
this is all the users really need(office settings etc) The server is
otherwise basic.
Could anyone please point me the way to achieve this?
Is it possible to copy the profiles from the command line as this is about
the only server tool I can rely on? what command?
have searched and found that people use robocopy and others but I am having
trouble getting even basic apps to install on the old server.
thank you for your patience
regards
Re: copy pfofiles only? [message #163341 is a reply to message #163339] Fri, 29 May 2009 09:31 Go to previous messageGo to next message
lstruckmeyer  is currently offline lstruckmeyer  United States
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Registered: September 2009
Senior Member
Only guessing here, but I suspect you must have done something to move the
profiles from the workstations to the server. If you did, such as a GPO,
could you reverse that procedure, what ever it was so that the profiles flow
back to the workstations.?

Will the implementation of the new server involve a new domain? If so, you
will have to copy out the old profiles and copy them back in once you join
the new domain to the newly created user.domain.

If there are many, there are third party apps to do this.

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Larry Struckmeyer
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"Eric S" <eistacey@adam.com.au> wrote in message
news:TPOdnR86NdsrRoLXnZ2dnUVZ_r-dnZ2d@adnap.net.au...
> Hi,
> As a seperate post as I am wondering if this can be done.
> Is it possible to copy just the users profiles and data from one server to
> another without going down the full server migration path.
> I have a new server and the old server is too corrupted to do much with
> and this is all the users really need(office settings etc) The server is
> otherwise basic.
> Could anyone please point me the way to achieve this?
> Is it possible to copy the profiles from the command line as this is about
> the only server tool I can rely on? what command?
> have searched and found that people use robocopy and others but I am
> having trouble getting even basic apps to install on the old server.
> thank you for your patience
> regards
>
Re: copy pfofiles only? [message #163349 is a reply to message #163339] Fri, 29 May 2009 11:58 Go to previous messageGo to next message
lanwench  is currently offline lanwench  United States
Messages: 1684
Registered: July 2009
Senior Member
Eric S <eistacey@adam.com.au> wrote:
> Hi,
> As a seperate post as I am wondering if this can be done.
> Is it possible to copy just the users profiles and data from one
> server to another without going down the full server migration path.
> I have a new server and the old server is too corrupted to do much
> with and this is all the users really need(office settings etc) The
> server is otherwise basic.
> Could anyone please point me the way to achieve this?
> Is it possible to copy the profiles from the command line as this is
> about the only server tool I can rely on? what command?
> have searched and found that people use robocopy and others but I am
> having trouble getting even basic apps to install on the old server.
> thank you for your patience
> regards

Profile migration is a HUGE pain in the ____. I've tried many
tools/utilities, but they all leave shards of the old domain in the
registry, and I've learned the hard way that it's generally smarter just to
back up any *data* in the profile and start over with a clean slate.

No data should be in the profile anyway, other than application data (NK2
files - grab 'em) and IE favorites. You should be redirecting My Documents
and Desktop to the server via group policy. This would be a good time to do
that if you haven't done so already.
Re: copy pfofiles only? [message #163361 is a reply to message #163339] Fri, 29 May 2009 14:29 Go to previous messageGo to next message
gwdibble  is currently offline gwdibble  United States
Messages: 394
Registered: July 2009
Senior Member
How about using the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard (XP) or Windows Easy
Transfer (Vista, Win7)? There's a more enterprise-oriented too, the User
State Migration Tool, that you might want to look into if you have more
users than you can comfortably do with FAST or WET.

"Eric S" <eistacey@adam.com.au> wrote in message
news:TPOdnR86NdsrRoLXnZ2dnUVZ_r-dnZ2d@adnap.net.au...
> Hi,
> As a seperate post as I am wondering if this can be done.
> Is it possible to copy just the users profiles and data from one server to
> another without going down the full server migration path.
> I have a new server and the old server is too corrupted to do much with
> and this is all the users really need(office settings etc) The server is
> otherwise basic.
> Could anyone please point me the way to achieve this?
> Is it possible to copy the profiles from the command line as this is about
> the only server tool I can rely on? what command?
> have searched and found that people use robocopy and others but I am
> having trouble getting even basic apps to install on the old server.
> thank you for your patience
> regards
>
Re: copy pfofiles only? [message #163375 is a reply to message #163339] Sat, 30 May 2009 02:17 Go to previous messageGo to next message
DaveMills  is currently offline DaveMills  United Kingdom
Messages: 335
Registered: July 2009
Senior Member
If you have a new server and the users are staying in the same domain simply
copy the profile with xcopy /s from the old to the new profiles folder.

If the users are in a deferent domain (New DC etc) then the easiest way may be
to set up the new user account and get the to login from a new PC to create new
roaming profiles on the new server. Then login to their old workstation as Admin
and use System Properties/Advanced/User profile to copy the old user profile to
the new server profile share taking care to change the permissions to the new
user account, some of these are in the registry. Move the workstation to the new
domain, delete the old profile (optional but removes the users docs and setting
folder so the new one can use the same name). Get the user to login.


On Fri, 29 May 2009 22:27:58 +0930, "Eric S" <eistacey@adam.com.au> wrote:

>Hi,
>As a seperate post as I am wondering if this can be done.
>Is it possible to copy just the users profiles and data from one server to
>another without going down the full server migration path.
>I have a new server and the old server is too corrupted to do much with and
>this is all the users really need(office settings etc) The server is
>otherwise basic.
>Could anyone please point me the way to achieve this?
>Is it possible to copy the profiles from the command line as this is about
>the only server tool I can rely on? what command?
>have searched and found that people use robocopy and others but I am having
>trouble getting even basic apps to install on the old server.
>thank you for your patience
>regards
>
--
Dave Mills
There are 10 types of people, those that understand binary and those that don't.
Re: copy pfofiles only? [message #163774 is a reply to message #163349] Sun, 07 June 2009 12:52 Go to previous message
Hank Arnold  is currently offline Hank Arnold  United States
Messages: 141
Registered: August 2009
Senior Member
Lanwench [MVP - Exchange] wrote:
> Eric S <eistacey@adam.com.au> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> As a seperate post as I am wondering if this can be done.
>> Is it possible to copy just the users profiles and data from one
>> server to another without going down the full server migration path.
>> I have a new server and the old server is too corrupted to do much
>> with and this is all the users really need(office settings etc) The
>> server is otherwise basic.
>> Could anyone please point me the way to achieve this?
>> Is it possible to copy the profiles from the command line as this is
>> about the only server tool I can rely on? what command?
>> have searched and found that people use robocopy and others but I am
>> having trouble getting even basic apps to install on the old server.
>> thank you for your patience
>> regards
>
> Profile migration is a HUGE pain in the ____. I've tried many
> tools/utilities, but they all leave shards of the old domain in the
> registry, and I've learned the hard way that it's generally smarter just to
> back up any *data* in the profile and start over with a clean slate.
>
> No data should be in the profile anyway, other than application data (NK2
> files - grab 'em) and IE favorites. You should be redirecting My Documents
> and Desktop to the server via group policy. This would be a good time to do
> that if you haven't done so already.
>
>

I tried once to migrate profiles and Lanwench is spot on. It worked, but
it was constant support issues, minor, but annoying. When I built a new
Citrix/TS farm, I took the opportunity to start with new profiles. A lot
of prep work, a neat batch file and user education up front made it a
bearable transition and no problems after that....

--

Regards,
Hank Arnold
Microsoft MVP
Windows Server - Directory Services
http://mypcassistant.blogspot.com/
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