Just a small update on this topic. Microsoft has now published a Knowledge Base article, KB959753, that documents the “automated profile copy” methods for Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003. The old “manual or scripted copy of a configured profile over the Default User profile” method will no longer be supported for these operating systems.
I had a hand in crafting KB959753, so I tried to make sure it was as clear as possible and contained information relevant to deploying with MDT and SCCM. If you have any feedback on the article, post a comment here and I’ll make requests for changes if they are warranted.
There is currently an internal discussion going on as to whether the articles on the old method for Windows 2000 should be pulled from the Knowledge Base. Whatever is decided on these older articles, I still recommend that you not use the old method even with Windows 2000. Since there is no built-in automated profile copy for Windows 2000, if you are still creating images for Windows 2000 I recommend that you use Method C or higher from my previous post. (Actually is you are still creating images for Windows 2000 I recommend that you move off that platform as quickly as possible to an OS that was completed in this century. J )
This post was contributed by Michael Murgolo, a Senior Consultant with Microsoft Services – U.S. East Region.