I've been searching, but haven't been able to answer this question: can Machine Mapping be used to restore a profile with USMT on a new computer? (We are on 9.6 SP2)
I've played around a bit with the SMA profile restoration and can restore a profile on a new computer using the Machine Mapping. The negative of SMA is that it is no longer supported by Lenovo and the latest documentation they have is from 2009. I would rather use an utility that is current and supported.
I have created a template that captures the profile off to a network share and then kicks off another template to load the OS and licensed software with the Machine Mapping tool. This process works really well and I would like to be able to add the profile restore action to the kicked off template. When specifying the store to capture the profile to in the capture template, I use the %ldhostname% variable for the store path: \\server\share\profiles\%ldhostname% . The launched template with the profile restore action will have a different name and thus the %ldhostname% will be different than the source computer.
To back up a bit, I create a Bare Metal Server for the new computer (COMPUTER2) and map COMPUTER1 to COMPUTER2 in machine mapping. We prefer to have a unique name for the second machine, but we would need to keep one machine name through this process, we may consider going that route.
Has anyone done this and if so, how did you do it?