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Currently we have a VMware vSphere virtual machine and we are thinking of moving away from it and using a physical PC instead. Is there a quick and easy way to transfer the Windows user profiles from the VM to a physical machine?

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closed as not a real question by Chris S Feb 4 '13 at 13:48

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Which user profiles are you talking about? – EEAA Feb 4 '13 at 12:35
windows user profiles – ben950 Feb 4 '13 at 12:43
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You give no details on exactly what you are trying to do, but I can make the assumption that you are trying to move Windows user profiles from an ESXi VM to a physical Windows box. Is this correct?

If it is, don't let the fact that this is a VM trip you up. The process would be exactly the same moving the profiles from a VM to a physical non-virtualized server as it would from one physical server to another physical server.

Check out the Microsoft User State Migration Tool. It is an official MS tool to do exactly what you are needing to do - transfer user profiles from one machine to another.

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ywa that is correct sorry i didnt provide enough details. If i exoain here bit more. We are trying to move off virtual back to physical machines. – ben950 Feb 4 '13 at 12:45
OK, as I said in my answer, the fact that you are moving from virtual to physical doesn't matter. The process of moving the user profiles is exactly the same going from virtual to physical as it would be going from any two servers. – EEAA Feb 4 '13 at 12:49
Thanks for quick responce – ben950 Feb 4 '13 at 12:51

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