What gets moved when migrating to a domain?

Microsoft Win sbs prem cal ste 2008 engl
October 23, 2010 at 16:06:06
Specs: Windows 7
Hey everyone. Here's my setup, we use Windows Server 2003 right now strictly for Dynamics CRM. I don't use a domain controller or anything, computers only connect to it by accessing it on their web browser at All my users have laptops running XP or Win 7 pro.

I really like the idea of being on a domain after viewing Windows 2008 SBS since it seems like it gives me much more control over my users and is much easier to set things up. I connected my own laptop to Windows 2003 domain to try it out but had to move all my files and settings over.

I like that in SBS 2008 it asks if you want to move a local user to the new domain account when users set up their computers but I'm just wondering what all exactly is moved? It says that bookmarks and so on get moved, but let me just list below what my users use and have installed and I'm wondering which of these get moved and which I can expect to have problems:

- They use IE but most use FireFox or Chrome as their main browser so bookmarks are there
- They have a network printer installed, the printer has ethernet so it's not a "shared" printer on the server it's just a standalone printer
- They have all their documents on their desktop or their My Documents folder
- They have various applications installed such as SnagIt, CutePDF, Microsoft Office
- They have custom wallpapers and personalized settings such as font sizes and resolution etc

Would I have issues with any of the above? Also is it possible to restrict things when users are on a domain such as not allowing them to change their wallpaper? Thanks so much!

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December 18, 2010 at 03:19:31

I am a systems administrator myself, so I have had lots of experience with this. Most settings are stored in the 'AppData' folder, which is moved when accounts are transferred, so all settings from Firefox, Chrome, SnagIT, Cute PDF etc. should be moved over with no problem. Secondly, all of their documents on their desktop or in my documents will be moved over automatically. The only problem you may face is that wallpapers and settings like font sizes and resolution will not be moved over, so your users will have to set these up manually.

You are correct in saying that having a domain with TS does give you many more settings to restrict user behaviors, like changing wallpaper and installing programs.

Let me know if you have any more questions, I am happy to help!

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January 6, 2011 at 12:13:00
Is that only on 2008 SBS or is it also on 2008 Foundation? I just setup a 2008 Foundation server as a domain controller in an existing peer to peer network. I can't get any of my files when I login to the domain. Any ideas? I don't want to manually copy files if I don't have to.

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January 6, 2011 at 12:30:26
ThomasK please start you own thread. Thx

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