Assuming a new domain, you have to join. This will create a "new" user profile,
and as others have pointed out will allow you to copy over the previous,
non-domain profile to the new. But, there is some FUD factor here, so I
would like to add.
If XP stations, the "previous settings", meaning the desktop, favorites,
my docs (which should be redirected to the SBS) and so on are in:
C:\documents and settings\username(.domain for the period of domain join).
If Vista or Win 7 stations, the folders are in C:\Users
The usual things of concern are Desktop, Favorites, Documents and perhaps
email from a pst file.
All these settings are "separate but additive". By that I mean that you
can copy from one user set into another. Of course you would need permissions
to do so, but it is available if you need to.
Worse case is that you login to the workstation as the domain admin, copy
the folders from each of the prior users to the current one.
Any pst file has to be dealt with (or ignored) by importing or coping to
the new outlook profile into the new exchange mailbox.
When you are sure all settings (that are on the local station) are set, you
can delete prior users (or not, your choice).
If you have other settings of concern, please let us know which and we will
try to point you to a solution.
Please post the resolution to your
issue so others may benefit
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> We had a large problem (previous post "SBS 2k3 sp2 problem after power
> off "posted May13 I posted my solution there). I was forced to set up
> a peer to peer network inorder to keep us runningand take care of our
> clients. Now that I have the server back up again I was wondering if
> there was a way ro reconnect to the SBS2k3 SP2 network without using
> the //server/connectcomputer setup. To set up the peer to peer I went
> through the properties of my computer and changed from a domain to a
> workgroup, then set the nic cards to static ip addresses
> (192.168.0.xx) of my temp network. on one machine I tried to undo what
> I had done (changed the IP address to a static on the SBS network,
> 192.168.16.xx, then My Computer, Properties, Computer name and went
> from a workgroup to a domain. seemed to hookup, told me I was now a
> member of the mynetwork domain. restarted but was unable to log in
> said it could not find the mynetwork domain.). I would like to be able
> to reconnect to the SBS network without the users loosing their
> pervious settings? Can anyone help? Thanks in advance.