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    Profile Migration: Windows XP to Windows 7

    Rookie

      Has anybody been able to successfule migrate a profile from Windows XP to Windows 7. I am using LANDesk 9.0. My script works PERFECTLY going from XP to XP, but when i try to restore the profile to Windows 7, everything gets dropped into the local administrators profile. I have tried many different variables, all with the same result. attached it the xml i am using, any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

        • 1. Re: Profile Migration: Windows XP to Windows 7
          tdavenport Specialist

          I have the same issue. Looks like Win 7 UAC is blocking it.

          • 2. Re: Profile Migration: Windows XP to Windows 7
            1EarEngineer Specialist

            We have been successfully migrating from XP to Windows 7 for the past few months. How is your setup done? We currently use LD to deploy USMT to capture the profile via a Task. Then we have another task that Restores the profile to the new machine.

            • 3. Re: Profile Migration: Windows XP to Windows 7
              Employee

              LANDesk Profile Migration does do some final actions at logon, and they do them as the logged on user.  UAC prompts will apply in that scenario.

               

              I don't know about USMT.

               

              Gru, could you attach working templates of a USMT capture and also a deploy?  I would like to add them to the XP to 7 migration document as an option for profile migration.

               

              Thanks!

              • 4. Re: Profile Migration: Windows XP to Windows 7
                EMiranda Expert

                It works for me but we disable UAC

                • 5. Re: Profile Migration: Windows XP to Windows 7
                  Rookie

                  we also have UAC disabled on our images, so that wont be an issue for us.

                  -GRU, can you please provide more information about how to use USMT and maybe the script you are using. it would be VERY helpful.

                  -as for LANDesk's profile migration tool, i have been back and forth with support for about 2 months, and they get the same results i do, they think its a bug and they now have the engineering team working on it, if they get back to me i will update all.

                  • 6. Re: Profile Migration: Windows XP to Windows 7
                    1EarEngineer Specialist

                    Ok here are our restore template and the capture template.

                     

                    What this has done is allow us to run the capture task on the initial machine (xp) and then either depending on if we are swapping out the machine push the Restore profile (Win 7) onto the same machine or if a different machine, simply renaming the captured USMT folder to the new machine name if needed.

                     

                    We are using USMT 4.0

                    • 7. Re: Profile Migration: Windows XP to Windows 7
                      Rookie

                      Thanks very much GRU.

                      What version of USMT are you using.

                      • 8. Re: Profile Migration: Windows XP to Windows 7
                        1EarEngineer Specialist

                        My apologies I'll edit my post after this. I am on USMT 4.0

                        • 9. Re: Profile Migration: Windows XP to Windows 7
                          EMiranda Expert

                          I have never used USMT 4.0.  I wonder if anyone who has used both used USMT and SMA can give the pros and cons of each.  Right now I use SMA and I must say that i have been quite impressed on the functionality of the product. I was most impressed when i migrated a left handed user over to a new machine and all their left handed settings remained intact.  That was something I was previously never able to produce and especially on a free utility.

                           

                          One con though is an issue that I am facing now is a lot of our older machines only had 1 partiton - 1 expanded C: drive.  So the size of these drives vary across the company.

                           

                          Our new standard is C: Drive w/ 30 gig and the remaining on D:\ drive and redirect My Documents to the D:\%username%\My Documents

                           

                          I have found that if a user has over 30 gigs of data the migration will fail, because 1. the .sma file get copied to the C:\ drive and 2. the .sma temp directory is also on the C:\ drive and since the C:\ drive is only 30gig it will fail during the restore.

                           

                          In the documentation of SMA it says that you can specify the temp directory however Capture & Restore use the same directory for Temp files so if you specify the temp directory to be D:\  the capture part will change it back to C:\ because there is no D:\ drive on the source machine.

                           

                          My only workaround at the moment is to force the restore .sma to the D:\ drive and let it extract to the C:\ drive.  If it still fails because of disk space, we use 7zip to manually extract  the .sma file to the D:\ drive and have to manually move the files.

                           

                          Not the best...but its the only Con i have encounted so far...

                           

                          Love to hear you feed back because Migration is pretty important role for a lot of businesses that are soon to migrate to Windows 7

                          • 10. Re: Profile Migration: Windows XP to Windows 7
                            Rookie

                            GRU-

                             

                            After editing the template with our credentials and shares, i keep getting a error on the capture actions that says "the specified user variable doesnt exsist" any ideas?

                            • 11. Re: Profile Migration: Windows XP to Windows 7
                              1EarEngineer Specialist

                              Is there happening when trying to save the template, or running the scheduled task? I'm fairly new to LD so if I'm asking the obvious I apologize. Also, we are running LD 9, not sure if that matters or what version you are using

                              • 12. Re: Profile Migration: Windows XP to Windows 7
                                Employee

                                Gru,

                                 

                                Thanks a lot for providing those templates!  I'm really looking forward to playing with them, and my end objective is to share them with the whole Community in my XP to 7 migration document.  I'll definitely give you credit for providing them.

                                 

                                This is one of those areas where I think the Community is going to become the absolute best source for information, because there are a lot of people who have to accomplish the same task with only a few variables determining implementation, and with everyone working together we can come up with a strong, flexible, reliable implementation plan.

                                 

                                Thanks again for helping!

                                • 13. Re: Profile Migration: Windows XP to Windows 7
                                  1EarEngineer Specialist

                                  I appreciate it. While I cannot take the credit for making the templates (as my co-worker created them) I will do my best to answer any questions and provide whatever is needed to help everyone.

                                   

                                  Currently we are still in the process of our Win7 GoLive, but have been able to do a few hundred machines so far from XP to Windows 7 using those 2 tasks in conjunction with USMT.

                                   

                                  To give a little hardware information we went from mostly Dell 610/620/630 (laptops) and Dell 745/755 (desktops) to HP 6930 Laptops and 7900/8000 Desktops using the 2 scripts for profile migration and HII for the image and with help from LANDesk along the way it's been saving a lot of time.

                                  • 14. Re: Profile Migration: Windows XP to Windows 7
                                    Apprentice

                                    I too am recieving an error "specified user variable doesn't exist".  I have tried turning UAC off to see if that made any difference, but still recieved the error.  From what I can see is that it does the following successfully

                                         Map Drive

                                         Create USMT folder

                                    After the USMT folder is created I recieve the error and nothing is copied into the USMT folder.  Any ideas?

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