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    I had a hard drive crash on my Windows Server 2003 domain controller. I installed a new drive and installed Server 2003 with a new Active Directory and DNS.

    When I log into my Vista workstation with my domain credentials, as expected, I receive a trust error.

    I unplugged the network cable from the workstation and use the cached credentials to get logged back into the workstation, but without obviously being logged into the domain any more. At least I have all my personalized settings, documents, etc., etc.

    What's the easiest way to "reuse" my old local profile on my workstation with the new domain controller?

    Should I try the Vista Migration Wizard and copy everything to a local folder, login in with my new domain credentials, then use the wizard to restore the old profile to the new one?

    Is there a better way?

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

  • #2
    Re: Reusing Vista user profile after PDC crash

    MigWiz will do the job fine, alternatively just back up the relevant parts of your profile

    Because you have created a new domain, you have new SIDs etc so, even though names are the same, everything is "new"

    This is why a second DC and regular backups are a very good idea!
    Tom Jones
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    • #3
      Re: Reusing Vista user profile after PDC crash

      And why I always install a Server O/S on a RAID 1 configuration. Drive fails - replace drive and life goes on. Hot swap cages are also really good.
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