I've been google searching for hours trying to find a solution, but can't seem to get a solid answer. I have a home server running Windows Server 2012 Essentials. I had a few computers connected to it using domain ABC. Using the connector software, it basically copied the local profile to a new profile called user.ABC . Just to be clear, by profile I mean all the user settings, documents, desktop, etc.
I then had to reinstall WSE2012. I kept all the same settings, calling it ABC domain again, thinking incorrectly that it could just seamlessly take the place of the old server. Of course, I was wrong and all the computers needed to be rejoined to the domain. The problem is that when I went to rejoin the domain (switch to workplace, then back to domain), using the connector software, it once again tries to migrate some local profile to the domain. In other words, there's no way to tell it to use an existing domain profile.
In the end, I just created the new profile and manually copied over all the data from the old user.ABC folder to the new user.ABC.1 (or whatever it was). I still lost some settings, such as start menu entries, background, and various app data.
My question is if there is a better way to go about re installing a domain server. The only way I can tell is if you setup the new domain while the old one is still up. But since I don't have an extra computer for this, is there a best practice for re installing on a single computer? I like having the domain, but it seems the profiles/accounts are locked into it and it is difficult to move them to a new domain.