switching a domain - Windows loves creating user profile entries



valentin tihomirov
07-10-2005, 12:49 AM
hi

After swinching my win2000 computer to a new domain, the OS creates a new
user account in the Documents and Settings. This really suxs. Can the
Windows use the old profiles? Im not inspired by the idea to loose all the
settings.

A questinon to guys in Redmond: Do you really run mostly Linux at work still
blaming its overcomplicated maintanence?

Malke
07-10-2005, 12:49 AM
valentin tihomirov wrote:

> hi
>
> After swinching my win2000 computer to a new domain, the OS creates a
> new user account in the Documents and Settings. This really suxs. Can
> the Windows use the old profiles? Im not inspired by the idea to loose
> all the settings.

From MVP Torgeir Bakken:

We solve this by (in the registry) changing the profile path for the new
user to point to the old user's profile folder (the user needs to log
on at least once first).

From: Bruce Sanderson (bsanders@junk.junk)
Subject: Re: Moving a W2K PC between domains
Newsgroups: microsoft.public.win2000.general
Date: 2002-08-05 17:32:49 PST
http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=uz48D%24NPCHA.612%40tkmsftngp08

If the user is not a local admin, you might need to to something on the
permission side. Use tip 4631 and 2240 in the 'Tips & Tricks' at
http://www.jsiinc.com as a guide.

More here as well:

Subject: Re: Lost profile when domain name changes
Newsgroups: microsoft.public.win2000.active_directory
http://groups.google.com/groups?th=262e40881c856d53

HOW TO: Restore a User Profile in Windows 2000
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;en-us;314045

>
> A questinon to guys in Redmond: Do you really run mostly Linux at work
> still blaming its overcomplicated maintanence?

You are not speaking to Microsoft here. This is a public newsgroup
hosted on Microsoft's servers. While some Microsoft employees do post
here, the rest of the posters are volunteers who do not work for the
company. Based on your post, I would venture that you do not use Linux
either. In any case, there is nothing preventing you from doing so but
you would need to learn how to properly use it, just like you need to
learn how to properly use a Microsoft server operating system.

Malke
--
Elephant Boy Computers
www.elephantboycomputers.com
"Don't Panic!"
MS-MVP Windows - Shell/User

valentin tihomirov
07-10-2005, 12:50 AM
Thanks for your valuable help. The "Lost profile when domain name changes"
link is not operational so I'll google the topic by title. The idea of
manual overwriting registry keys is not very attrarcive though ... it looks
like a hack with unpredictable consequencies. But I think this is the
maximal help avalable.

I'm absolutely not familiar with Linux, you're completely right. The irony
was used here to highlight the hack procedure which should be typical to
Linux, I guess, in order to shame the developers who should be bored by the
Windows tendency to creare new profiles every time when something goes
wrong. very much you

Torgeir Bakken \(MVP\)
07-10-2005, 12:50 AM
valentin tihomirov wrote:

> Thanks for your valuable help. The "Lost profile when domain name
> changes" link is not operational so I'll google the topic by title.

Updated link:

Subject: Re: Lost profile when domain name changes
Newsgroups: microsoft.public.win2000.active_directory
http://groups.google.co.uk/group/microsoft.public.win2000.active_directory/browse_frm/thread/911123d016f22ef1

> The idea of manual overwriting registry keys is not very
> attrarcive though ...
> it looks like a hack with unpredictable consequencies.

It works fine, we have done it on several thousands of computers.


--
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the 1328 page Scripting Guide:
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Malke
07-10-2005, 12:50 AM
Torgeir Bakken (MVP) wrote:

> valentin tihomirov wrote:
>
>> Thanks for your valuable help. The "Lost profile when domain name
>> changes" link is not operational so I'll google the topic by title.
>
> Updated link:
>
> Subject: Re: Lost profile when domain name changes
> Newsgroups: microsoft.public.win2000.active_directory
>
http://groups.google.co.uk/group/microsoft.public.win2000.active_directory/browse_frm/thread/911123d016f22ef1
>
>> The idea of manual overwriting registry keys is not very
>> attrarcive though ...
>> it looks like a hack with unpredictable consequencies.
>
> It works fine, we have done it on several thousands of computers.
>
>
Thanks, Torgeir! I've made a note of it.

Malke
--
Elephant Boy Computers
www.elephantboycomputers.com
"Don't Panic!"
MS-MVP Windows - Shell/User


switching a domain - Windows loves creating user profile entries