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I have a box currently sitting in an AD domain. I need to remove it from said domain and drop it into a workgroup.

I don't want to lose the 2-3 user profiles on the box.

I think I could use USMT to migrate, but it seems like overkill. Is there an easy way to copy the profiles over so they will usable once I put the machine in workgroup-land? Something as simple as copying over \users\ and some reg entries, maybe?

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Most of the time just ensuring the local user (workgroup user) has read/write access to their profile folder in \Users\ will work OK. Of course the folder cannot have a name like tim.DOMAIN, if my new local (workgroup) user was named tim the folder would need the same name.

Steps:

  1. add the new "local user", computername\user opposed to domain\user

  2. ensure the new "local user" has read/write access to the folder in question

  3. Remove from domain and logoff (reboot is best)

  4. Login as new "local user"

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Perfect - in my case. folder names are simply users\<username> vs. users\<username>.domain. So it sounds like all I need to do is put this sucker back into a workgroup and then recreate the domain user as a workgroup user on the local machine? –  Russell Christopher Jan 10 '12 at 16:11
    
Updating my answer with steps.. –  Tim Jan 10 '12 at 17:06
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Another note: When I need to migrate profiles from user machines, I use the free version of ProfileWizard: http://www.forensit.com/profwiz-faqs.html

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Interesting, but this seems to be a solution for migrating to a domain account vs. a workgroup account? –  Russell Christopher Jan 10 '12 at 16:13
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