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this is a bit tricky and hope you can help me. I'm migrating from an old domain to a new one lots of Windows Servers, now I'm in a point where some years ago somebody set up two VMs (Win 2k3) to run a specific software. Now, that sofware only allows you to run and edit its configuration from a single account, guess what account they've chose? The Domain Administrator account.

So basically I can't migrate the account.

What I want to do is create a local account, now the question, is there a way to link this local account to the Administrator profile on those machines? So basically I want to link the local account to the Domain Admin account.

Any suggestion is much appreciated.

Thanks :)

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Are you saying that this application only runs if a specific user profile is used or it only works if a domain administrator account is used? – Ramhound Sep 12 '13 at 11:27
Hi, this application runs only with a single user. It doesn't need to be a domain admin. So if I use my personal domain admin account, I won't be able to open the configuration settings as the only one who can do it is domain\administrator. – Simone Sep 12 '13 at 11:33
You can make any account a domain user. I am trying to understand if the application work with ONLY a specific user profile or not. It working ONLY on Domain\Administrator is different then working on any user in the Domain\Administrator user group. – Ramhound Sep 12 '13 at 11:51
It will ONLY work with that user profile. Which could have been also local\mrbeen, it's just a case that they've used domain\administrator. So the only option I see is to re-link a new user to that profile..I don't know how though.. Tnx – Simone Sep 12 '13 at 11:54
If the Domain/Administrator account isn't used you could link the User Profile to the Domain/Administrator folder location but this would cause problems if that user is ever used. Will the software work with the local Administrator account? Trying to understand if this is a directory location pathing problem or a permission problem. – Ramhound Sep 12 '13 at 12:33

I've found the answer to my question: Forensit's profile wizard

It's a fantastic tool which allowed me to have a different user to use the old domain admin account. It also worked locally with other accounts.

Tested on 4 different VMs.


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