State Migration Point

SMPs store user data as it is migrated from one instance of Windows to another. Typically, SMPs are used only for replace scenarios in which new physical hardware replaces the user’s old system. Because the new system may not physically be online, the SMP provides a transient location on the network to store user data temporarily. From the SMP, the data is then copied to the user’s new system. Actual user state data and settings are captured using the built-in functionality of USMT behind the scenes and is SMP-aware.

Another common scenario for using SMPs is a refresh scenario in which a third party, full-disk encryption product is in use or the current hard-drive must be reformatted. The typical path for the refresh scenario ...

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