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Re: Dumping Windows



Malcolm Moore wrote:
Can someone point me in the right direction here

Has anyone or does anyone know of documentation / tools
to help migrate Windows Server users to Linux/Samba users

Specifically : I have 1300 users on W2k3 servers I want to move the user accounts/home directories to Linux/Samba
and keep the XP workstations and then in a while drop the XP
workstations in favor of Fedora
Ok, I could RTFM and wade thru Samba and Fedora documentation
but I was rather hoping for a 'Guide for the Impatient' or a write
up from someone who has alredy done it - Bear in mind there are only 2 of us supporting these 1300 users !!

You really should not be using Fedora for serious work. I regularly describe it as a rolling beta, and it's way too likely to break. Fedora 3 and Fedora 4 both broke (eg kernels wouldn't boot, shutdown or operate for many users).

RHEL or one of its clones (I use WBEL, but Centos seems more popular).

Setting up "workgroup" shares in Samba's no big deal, and probably all the info you need is in the standard config file.

En examble (from a Debian system):
[backup]
comment = Backup space
        path=/misc/backup/private/%m
        writable = yes
        create mask = 0775
        browseable = yes
        preexec = /bin/mkdir /misc/backup/private/%m


This creates a per-machine share into which I can create a backup, using Windows' backup utility.

This is for home directories:

[homes]
   comment = Home Directories
   browseable = yes

# By default, the home directories are exported read-only. Change next
# parameter to 'yes' if you want to be able to write to them.
   writable = yes

# File creation mask is set to 0700 for security reasons. If you want to
# create files with group=rw permissions, set next parameter to 0775.
   create mask = 0700

# Directory creation mask is set to 0700 for security reasons. If you want to
# create dirs. with group=rw permissions, set next parameter to 0775.
   directory mask = 0700


Users only see their own home directory, not others', and each machine sees only its own backup directory.


I imagine I could also set up shares for installing Windows and for using RSI, but so far haven't tried.


However, if you think you're going to migrate AD, then take yourself off to www.samba.org and do some careful reading. They want testers.




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