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File-Based Migrations

The file-based migration process is typically used when a single system is upgraded with a new Windows operating system or application set via wipe-and-reload. The migration is a two-step process in which a file is created containing user system settings, application settings, and data files. This file is then saved to a network share point. The machine is wiped clean, reformatted, and reloaded with the updated OS and applications. After completion, the saved file is reapplied to the machine, restoring the user's settings and data files.

Wipe-and-reload is the primary method used when an enterprise deploys Windows 2000.

  1. Using Miramar's Desktop DNA, create a file containing individual user preferences and data files, and save it to a Network Share Point.

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  3. Users' machines are wiped and reloaded using a disk-cloning tool and SYSPREP. They now have a fresh image containing Windows 2000 and a standard application set.

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  5. When the machines have been imaged, reapply the user preference file from the share point to restore individual user settings and preferences.

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