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The Active Directory Migration Tool (ADMT)

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"The Active Directory Migration Tool provides an easy, secure, and fast way to migrate to Windows 2000 Active Directory service. As a system administrator, you can use this tool to diagnose any possible problems before starting migration operations to Windows 2000 Server Active Directory. You can then use the task-based wizard to migrate users, groups, and computers; set correct file permissions; and migrate Microsoft Exchange Server mailboxes. The tool's reporting feature allows you to assess the impact of the migration, both before and after move operations.

In many cases, if there is a problem, you can use the rollback features to automatically restore previous structures. The tool also provides support for parallel domains, so you can maintain your existing Windows NT® 4.0 domains while you deploy Windows 2000."

Download it here.

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Step-by-Step Guide to Migrating Files and Settings

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"This guide walks you through the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard, which eases the process of copying files and settings from your old computer to a new computer. It is intended for home users, small office users, or users in a "lightly managed" corporate environment."

Step-by-Step Guide to Migrating Files and Settings

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Missing data files after upgrade to XP

Check for a User~tmp.@01 folder in the root of the drive in which Windows is installed. If a missing user account folder exists in the User~tmp.@01 folder but cannot be accessed in Windows XP (because the folder name ends with a period. Rename the folder from the command prompt by using the 8.3 filename so that it can be viewed using the Windows File Explorer. Instructions follow...

1) Click Start , and then click Run.

2) Type cmd , and then click OK

3) Type cd\ , and then press ENTER

4) Type cd\user~temp.@01 , and then press ENTER

5) Type dir /x , and then press ENTER. Take note of the short file name for the user account folder. For example, the short file name for "User Name" might be "USERNA~1"

6) Type ren "userna~1 username", and then press ENTER

7) Type exit, and then press ENTER

8) Click Start, and then click Run

9) Type %homedrive%\user~tmp.@01\username, and then click OK

10) This folder and subfolders should contain the files from the missing user account.

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Tread carefully

Here we are in March of 2013, and there are a slew of articles coming out on the impending demise of Windows XP, along with some statistics and guesses on what the adoption numbers are so far for Windows 7 and 8. The consensus is that over 80% of organizations have at least addressed their migration in some way. Anyway, it’s not so much the articles that are interesting, but more so the comments from readers that are usually found underneath. There seems to be discontent and confusion from some folks about the release of Windows 7 and, just a few years later, Windows 8. A lot of people are commenting that Windows XP still works for them, so they are wondering what the value of migrating would be given the significant cost of doing so. There are some good points made on the subject that are worth reading through if you have the time.

 

I remember that Gartner released an article early/mid 2012 and guessed that 60% of ISVs would have releases in 2013 that would no longer support Windows XP. It doesn’t seem to me that this is the case thus far, but I would bet that by mid-2014 we will see that to be true, and to a higher percentage. Some readers have made the case that their existing applications continue to function correctly on XP, so again, why upgrade? The issue then becomes a bit thorny, where you are running an unsupported app on an unsupported operating system. Again, this is probably okay (with a whole lot of caveats) but it’s not something you should consider for critical apps, or apps in at-risk deployments.

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USMT: Migrating Windows Wallpaper from XP to 7

In migrating from Microsoft Windows XP to Windows 7 using USMT 4 and KACE KBOX2100, I ran into an issue with the migration of the user’s wallpapers.  I searched online for a complete solution, but couldn't find one so I present the following:

To properly migrate the wallpaper I had to make edits to the MigApp.xml, MigUser.xml and themeui-dl.man for both x86 and amd64.  I recommend using Notepad++ for editing xml files: http://notepad-plus-plus.org/

MigApp.xml:

In between the sections  “<!-- RealPlayer Basic 11 -->“ and “<!-- Windows Live -->” add the following code:

<migration urlid="http://www.microsoft.com/migration/externalUserDocs"> 
  <!-- This component migrates wallpaper settings -->
  <component type="System" context="User">
    <displayName>Wallpapers</displayName>
    <role role="Settings">
      <rules>
        <include>
          <objectSet>
            <pattern type="Registry">HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop [Pattern]</pattern>
            <pattern type="Registry">HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop [PatternUpgrade]</pattern>
            <pattern type="Registry">HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop [TileWallpaper]</pattern>
            <pattern type="Registry">HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop [WallPaper]</pattern>
            <pattern type="Registry">HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop [WallpaperStyle]</pattern>
            <pattern type="Registry">HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes [SetupVersion]</pattern>
            <pattern type="Registry">HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\General [BackupWallpaper]</pattern>
            <pattern type="Registry">HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\General [TileWallpaper]</pattern>
            <pattern type="Registry">HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\General [Wallpaper]</pattern>
            <pattern type="Registry">HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\General [WallpaperFileTime]</pattern>
            <pattern type="Registry">HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\General [WallpaperLocalFileTime]</pattern>
            <pattern type="Registry">HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\General [WallpaperStyle]</pattern>
            <content filter="MigXmlHelper.ExtractSingleFile(NULL, NULL)">
              <objectSet>
                <pattern type="Registry">HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop [WallPaper]</pattern>
                <pattern type="Registry">HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\General [BackupWallpaper]</pattern>
                <pattern type="Registry">HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\General [Wallpaper]</pattern>
              </objectSet>
            </content>
          </objectSet>
        </include>
      </rules>
    </role>
  </component>   <!-- This component migrates wallpaper files -->
  <component type="Documents" context="System">
    <displayName>Move JPG and BMP</displayName>
    <role role="Data">
      <rules>
        <include>
          <objectSet>
            <pattern type="File"> %windir% [*.bmp]</pattern>
            <pattern type="File"> %windir%\web\wallpaper [*.jpg]</pattern>
            <pattern type="File"> %windir%\web\wallpaper [*.bmp]</pattern>
          </objectSet>
        </include>
      </rules>
    </role>
  </component>
</migration>

MigUser.xml:

In between the sections “<!-- This component migrates Shared Favorites -->” and “<!-- This component migrates Quick Launch files -->” add the following code:

 <!-- This component migrates Internet Explorer Wallpapers -->
    <component type="System" context="User">
        <displayName _locID="miguser.iewallpaper">Internet Explorer Wallpaper</displayName>
        <paths>
            <path type="File">%CSIDL_APPDATA%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer</path>
        </paths>
        <role role="Settings">
            <detects>
                <detect>
                    <condition>MigXmlHelper.DoesObjectExist("File","%CSIDL_APPDATA%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer")</condition>
                </detect>
            </detects>
            <rules>
                <include filter='MigXmlHelper.IgnoreIrrelevantLinks()'>
                    <objectSet>
                        <pattern type="File">%CSIDL_APPDATA%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\* [*]</pattern>
                    </objectSet>
                </include>
                <merge script="MigXmlHelper.DestinationPriority()">
                    <objectSet>
                        <pattern type="File">%CSIDL_APPDATA%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer [*.bmp]</pattern>
                    </objectSet>
                </merge>
            </rules>
        </role>
    </component>

themeui-dl.man:

Change this line:

<pattern type="Registry">HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\LastTheme [ThemeFile]</pattern>

To this:

<pattern type="Registry">HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes\LastTheme [Wallpaper]</pattern>

Following these procedures migrates the user's wallpaper from Windows XP to 7 while maintaining the aero desktop theme.

Make sure to edit both the x86 and amd64 versions of the files!  Also, it's a good idea to backup your original files just in kace...

 

Credit to rodney.buike for the following information:

http://thelazyadmin.com/2011/01/migrating-wallpapers-with-usmt/

 

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