How to Migrate XP to Vista When Using EFS

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 23 Oct. 2008 / Last Updated on 18 July 2008]

If you have dozens or more XP workstations that use the Encrypting File System (EFS) to safeguard data, and you need to migrate these machines to Vista without losing your EFS keys and certificates, then what should you do?

If you have dozens or more XP workstations that use the Encrypting File System (EFS) to safeguard data, and you need to migrate these machines to Vista without losing your EFS keys and certificates, then you really don’t want to have to export and import the EFS keys and certificates for each workstation manually during your migration. A much better solution is to use the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) to perform your XP to Vista migration. MDT uses the User State Migration Tool (USMT) for the user data migration portion of your migration, and version 3.01 of USMT can migrate EFS data as well as the certificates—plus the data doesn’t need to leave the users’ computers during the migration. The particular MDT scenario you need to use here is called a Refresh. For more information about using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, see the Windows Vista Resource Kit, Second Edition from Microsoft Press.

The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see www.mtit.com .

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