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17 comments on «User Profile Wizard (by ForensIT) Review»

  1. Justin says:

    Great! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Sam says:

    Thank you good to know

  3. Tan TL says:

    Great article. Thanks Bob.
    Just wondering, does Profile Wizard migrate the following:
    1. Local printers
    2. Printers shared out to other users
    3. Mapped drives
    4. Folders shared out to other users

    Again, awesome article. Thanks!
    Tan

    1. Bob McKay says:

      Hi Tan,

      I believe it does all of the above but perhaps excluding Mapped Drives. To be honest mapped drives and shared printers should be handled by Group Policy anyway

      Bob

  4. Daniel says:

    Hi Bob,

    Will the User Profile Wizard allow me to change the format of the user name? I want to move to FirstName[dot]LastName.

    Example:
    From: “JDoe”
    To: “John.Doe”

    Thanks,
    Daniel

    1. Bob McKay says:

      Hi Daniel,

      Yes certainly, you can change name completely. Bear in mind it effectively reassign a users profile on a machine to a new active directory account.

      1. Julian says:

        Hi Bob.
        what if the accounts are already created on the new AD. does it try to recreate them or do they use the finished accounts?

  5. John says:

    HI Bob,
    Hope this is not too stale a thread. When you used the free tool, did the user’s Outlook profile come over and thus, no need to recreate and re-download email from O365 or an on-premises exchange mail server? I’m in need of migrating machines/users to a new domain controller and just do not have the bandwidth to re-setup everyone’s Outlook Profile to the cloud. Just curious if you had similar situation and what happened.

    Thanks,
    John

    1. Bob McKay says:

      Hi John,

      Yes, Outlook profiles came over when I’ve done this previously and it was, in fact, a big reason for doing it!

      I believe the email password will need to be re-entered on first run.

      Bob

      1. John says:

        And that was with the freebie package? That’s a nice deal. Thanks for info.

        1. Bob McKay says:

          Yep I believe so – its been a while!

  6. LG says:

    I’m wondering. Will it create a new user folder like user_name.domain_name or keep an old user folder? If it will keep the old folder name, can I make it create new one? Thanks

    1. Bob McKay says:

      Hi, it uses the same folder and updates all the permissions and the guid for the new domain. I’m not sure if there is an option to have it create a new folder instead, although this would obviously require more disk space to copy everything from the original profile.

  7. Eddie says:

    hi Bob,
    in my case I’ve got SBS2011 (with bundled AD, DNS, DHCP, file/print services only active; Exchange role has been disabled while ago when moved them over to O365) and have also new Server (W2012R2 Essentials) in the same subnet & Domain.
    This W2012R2 is now going to be single DC; DNS, DHCP etc in this Domain, SBS2011 be then taken offline after moving across user profiles.
    So for this scenario – any specific ‘prerequisites’ that you can suggest.
    thnx,
    Eddie

    1. Bob McKay says:

      Hi Eddie,
      To be honest in my experience, Profile Wizard doesn’t care about the network or server configuration provided it can reach a domain controller. All its really doing is rebadging all of the files and configs within a profile folder structure with a new Active Directory GUID, etc. As ever, advice given without warranty so I’d recommend do a test on one user (as its easy enough to manually fix one users profile if it goes South).
      Hope this helps
      Bob

      1. Eddie says:

        thanks Bob for your response. I’ll give it a go.
        cheers!
        Ed

  8. Eddie V says:

    just a follow up on my above request – I’ve attempted profile migration on a ‘test’ w/station by
    * first making it part of current Domain: xyz.local
    * existing user ‘eddie’ profile contents quite easily accessible/redirected in existing Domain environment
    * then created user ‘eddie’ on new Server – xyz.lan (both new and old Servers in same internal subnet)
    * logging locally as ‘Administrator’ on test w/s
    * gave local static DNS on test w/s pointing to new Server (that has functional folder redirection GP in place)
    * I then run ‘Profwiz’ utility that runs without any issues (profile ‘eddie’ selection, disjoin/rejoin Domain; credentials handshake etc. all works ok)
    * on reboot, I login as ‘eddie’ on new local Domain with no profile/redirected folders content
    * it also gives ‘corrupted recycle bin redirected folders….’. that led me to this link:
    https://www.ieple.com/blog/fixing-corrupted-recycle-bin-in-redirected-folders-server-2012-r2-essentials#comments
    * still no joy – am at my wits end 🙁
    * any ideas what m i doing wrong?
    thnx again.

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