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I recently took over as the network admin for a small manufacturing firm. It's grown from a small mom and pop shop into a medium-sized business over the past few years, and as such trying to manage everything in the current workgroup setup is getting incredibly unwieldy. We also have an office in another state that I'm supposed to be the admin over, but in reality have no effective control over with the existing set up.

I've found this ForensIT tool that should make migrating people's existing local computer profiles over to their new Active Directory ones fairly easy. As I'm sure my fellow net admins can relate, employees utterly hate any changes to a different way of doing things. If I can at least make the transition as seamless as possible that should make both my - and their - lives easier.

Of course, I'd love any other suggestions ya'll may have on what I can do to make this as easy and seamless as is humanly possible.

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closed as too broad by Evan Anderson, Rex, TheCleaner, Greg Askew, RobM Dec 28 '13 at 16:16

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I'd start with writing down the policies you'll be implementing, and why (you might forget this after a while, don't understand why you created the policy, undo it, and then re-discover why, all the while your users are getting confused/irritated). Also communicate as much as needed/possible about the policies and rules before/while you implement them, to avoid confusion and anger. My main advice: the company's interest comes first (especially concerning security), after that it's employees, be reasonable though. Also don't be afraid to stand your ground, you're the admin. –  DaJF Dec 27 '13 at 0:54
    
I'm voting to close because this is too broad. Seeing your sentiments re: making the transition easy for the employees tells me that you're thinking about the right things, but this isn't a simple "install a program and be done" situation. Depending on what you want to accomplish w/ this you need to learn about Active Directory organization (users, groups, OUs, sites, subnets, etc), Group Policy, roaming user profiles, and more. You would do well to take some time to run some scenarios on test machines and learn about the features you want to use, then come back here w/ specific questions. –  Evan Anderson Dec 27 '13 at 14:40
    
ForensIT's tools do make the local SID to domain SID easy as pie. But I agree with Evan, you should consider chopping up your questions into multiple, specific ones that you have that can be answered without delving into personal opinion too much. –  TheCleaner Dec 27 '13 at 16:37
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The most labour intensive part of the migration task is probably going to be migrating the profiles of the users. When doing migrationsmy inclination is usually to just use it as an opportunity to start with a clean slate rather than migrating anything other than the directories favourites, my documents, etc. I.e no settings.

The question of how to set up your domain is too wide a subject but I'd set up a domain and move users over one by one using login scripts to map the same drives as they had mapped when in the workgroup. You'll need to verify that the login scripts work before starting the migration but its not a big deal.

If you really need to migrate settings you can use tools like sepago.de's profile migrator. I don't have any experience with it but Helge Klein's free tools are all well written so it has a good pedigree.

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