The USMT team blog

Tips and tricks on using the User State Migration Tool

The USMT team blog

  • What is the User State Migration Tool?

    To get started, here is the first paragraph from the USMT help content on TechNet : You can use Microsoft® Windows® User State Migration Tool (USMT) 3.0 to migrate user files and settings during large deployments of Microsoft Windows XP and Microsoft...
  • How to debug a USMT log like a Pro

    The Scanstate and Loadstate logs contain a wealth of information on each problem that is encountered, however it does take a little bit of work to root cause a problem. For example, lets take a look at an example. A few weeks ago our team got an email...
  • What version of USMT can be installed on Windows Server 2003 or 2008?

    Unfortunately, there isn't a version of USMT that can be installed or executed on Windows Server 2003 or 2008. As noted on the download page and in the user documentation, USMT is only supported on client versions of Windows.
  • Why Scanstate and Loadstate require a top level directory path to a migration store

    If you have played around with USMT a bit you may have noticed that both Scanstate and Loadstate require that StorePath (the path provided on the command line to where you'd like the migration store placed) be simply a path. However, when creating a compressed...
  • About context in MigXML

    If you have written a fair amount of migration MigXML you have probably noticed that there are a number of elements that take a context parameter. Do you understand what this parameter controls? Do you understand the impact that it can have on your migration...
  • Why you want (and need) to run USMT as a local administrator

    UPDATE: an updated post is available here . I'm leaving this post up to preserve the post history as well as comments. Although there are a limited number of scenarios in which USMT can be run without local administrator privileges, doing so ends up...
  • Why you want (and need) to run USMT from an account directly associated with the local administrators group

    UPDATE: a post regarding this topic originally went live on 5/29/2008.  This was written to clarify some questions that come up in comments I received both online and offline. Although there are a very limited number of scenarios in which USMT can...
  • Next USMT release

    I wanted to take a moment here on the blog to let everyone know that we are continuing to invest in USMT and have aligned the next USMT release to coincide with the next release of Windows.  Please be assured that all of you will be the first to...
  • Why you need to be careful with /c

    Scanstate and Loadstate both allow the /c switch to be used to skip non-fatal errors.  However, due to the impact that using it can have on a migration, great caution must be used when deploying Scanstate and Loadstate with /c.  To get started...
  • Increasing MigXML efficiency

    Increasing the efficiency of MigXML is all about making each individual include or exclude pattern as specific as possible and ensuring that the component operates in the proper context. For example, the following component is extremely expensive to include...
  • All about USMT 3.0.2

    Many of you may have heard (or discovered) that there is a limited release of USMT that is available on the Microsoft Connect site. Let's take a few minutes here to clear up some of the questions about what it is and isn't. Things that USMT 3.0.2 is...
  • Thanks

    Thanks for all of your suggestions in the comments on the post "What do you want to see here? Any ideas?" that went live on July 3rd.  I am working on a post to address some of the questions in the comments regarding the config.xml file...
  • What do you want to see here? Any ideas?

    Is anyone out there? Is there anything you'd like to see a blog post about? I can’t guarantee that we will answer your question but I can promise that we will try. Drop a comment and let us know.
  • Hello world!

    Welcome to the User State Migration Tool (USMT) team blog!  I am very excited to claim this space on the web for USMT.  I hope that this blog can serve as a place where knowledge can be exchanged between those of us who develop USMT and those...