USMT User State Migration Tool

What does USMT Migrate?

General USMT Reference:

Get the package at \\itss-aspen\distribution\PC\USMT\

Put the contents (3 items) of this folder onto a large USB stick. We use 128GB USB3 SanDisk Extreme Pro sticks.

For all this to work you must:

* Be logged in to the system as an administrator and have full admin rights to the box, and security group you're in.
* Be aware that USMT moves user FILES only, no programs/applications/executables.
* It is wise to be sure the user has deactivated any licenses for special programs.
* Be aware that the Downloads folder and Trash are ignored. If the user keeps things in those locations, they will be skipped. Copy+Paste any important items in Downloads to a new folder in Documents.
* It is advised that you do a walk-thru of the drive in case there are super-special programs that may save data in odd locations. I do an initial backup of anything that looks important and is not in a standard Library location.
* PST Mail archives. These are pegged for migration however, I don't trust anything 100%. Do a *.pst search on the drive and copy them before running the tool.
* Browser Favorites: Chrome is best backed up by having user log into Chrome. USMT will attempt to copy Firefox and Chrome Bookmarks. IE is copied.

Using USMT

Let's Begin! Insert the USB stick in the source system and navigate to USMT GUI 10, right click and run as administrator.

USMT GUI Functions Description

To Run a backup of one or more local User Profiles you simply follow the steps shown on the GUI below.

1) Backup Users - Enter A Folder to Save To. I usually make a New Folder and name it the StateID_User or just the StateID.
2) Copy Custom.XML and paste into the store folder you've just created (Optional)
3) Choose the users to save
4) Migration XML Files MigUser and MigApp should be checkmarked. Checkmark Custom XML if using.

During these steps, you will see the command line change to reflect your input. It's fun and helpful to see what happens with each change and to look it up in the USMT Reference to better understand it.

REMINDER: USMT does NOT migrate the applications themselves. Only user files and some application settings!

To Restore of one or more User Profiles from a Backup, simply point to the stored data and select which, or all, users to restore.

After selecting what Backup to restore from, you specify which users to restore. 

Please be aware that the User being migrated must already have an account on the Target domain!

The user that you are restoring must be added to the Administrators Group on the target system before a profile restore.

Here is what the LoadState process looks like:

It is very much the same as ScanState, starting the GUI in the same manner.

1) Select Restore Users. It will open a box to choose the USMT .MIG file
2) Again your XML files will be checkmarked, and the name CHICO should be in the domain box.
3) Pick the username in the Selected Users box
4) It is no longer required to insert a "/c" into the cmd as it is already there for you. This tells the application to continue on soft errors.
5) Hit Run and kick back.
6) It will end with errors, that's okay. These errors are usually related to McAfee settings and can be confirmed in the log that opens after run. Just scroll to the bottom of the log.


If you have any questions or hit any snags email Dain Sandoval at or call ITSS at x4357

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Updated May 23 2016 14:04

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