Is there an easy way to revert a user from domain login with roaming profile/offline files back to local profile on the PC?

Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Microsoft Windows XP
Roaming Profiles
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Windows Server User Profiles
Windows XP SP2
Windows XP SP3
I have a Windows 2003 network with XP clients (SP2 and a few SP3). I was asked last spring (08) to migrate users from local profiles to a domain (roaming?) profile using offline files to mantain synchronization to the network. Now the higher up has one person bending his ear with how he liked things before the change and is demanding the 41 users on this domain profile be reverted to local again. Google searching has not come up with anything useful. My main concern is the offline files having some sort of linking to the old directory for each user. Any suggestions? My thinking to make this happen is to backup as much data locally and on the folder on the network, remove the PC for the domain, create a new local profile, import as much data as possible and hope for the best. Again, any suggestions?

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You don’t have to go as far as removing the computer from the domain, although that may help re-estabilish domain connectivity with the machine.

Since these files are offline files on the network. All you have to do is copy the files to the local machine and disable Offline files in My Computer -> Tools -> Folder Options -> Offline Files.

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  • Dwiebesick
    Could it be that this person is dissatisfied with the current configuration due to performance issues? I highly recommend anyone that is contemplating doing ‘roaming profiles’ read Dan Holme’s Windows’ Administration Productivity Solutions for IT Professionals. It is not clear from your text if you have roaming profiles or just folder redirection. These are two distinct and often confused concepts. Off-line files is mainly used for notebook computers so when an individual leave the office, they will have their data with them. Changes made on the road are synchronized when they return. This should not be confused with folder redirection. Folder redirection can be used to place, for example, the My Documents, which was originally on their local hard drive, on a server for central management and backup. If you can further detail your exact situation, it would help to determine a better recommendation.
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  • Robert Stewart
    I agree the issue could very well be the roamining profiles, this will have to go seeing you want to give them local accounts. My question is why are they roaming profiles?? If they truely roam from machine to machine, this will be alot of work to reset all users up local if that is what is called for.
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