Does DMA translate the same user profile properties as Microsoft's User State Migration Tool (USMT)? (NETIQKB19609)

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  • 02-Feb-2007
  • 25-Oct-2007


Does DMA translate the same user profile properties as Microsoft's User State Migration Tool (USMT)?

Domain Migration Administrator 7.x


USMT captures a user profile and moves it to an XP machine. This is a different process than how Domain Migration Administrator (DMA) performs security translation of User profiles and would not be effective for use by migrated accounts.  The decision to use USMT really depends on your objectives.

If you intend to keep the same domain and are just giving users new XP machines, USMT would work fine.  According to Microsoft's documentation, it does NOT appear that USMT translates security on any of the profile properties. Therefore, if you intend to migrate domains, USMT would NOT work for this process because the migrated account could not log on and use the profile moved by USMT.


For more information on DMA and Local User Profile security translation see:

Why must Security Translation be performed on a user profile even after migrating with SID history?

For more information on USMT, please see Microsoft's documentation at:;en-us;321197 

Additional Information

Formerly known as NETIQKB19609