[K12OSN] Migrating users to a new server smbldap

Krsnendu dasa krsnendu108 at gmail.com
Tue Sep 25 04:25:59 UTC 2007

We are in the process of moving our users over from K12LTSP 6 to Edubuntu.
I have been using smbldap on the K12LTSP box and want to continue using it
on Edubuntu.
We installed smbldap on the new server fine, but made some of the choices
differently. e.g. we gave a different domain name and password.
We were able to create a user with the bulk add script and that user could
log in from the thin client.
When we tried to import the users from the old box we came across problems.
The users were not coming up when we did getent passwd.
We thought the change of domain name might have been the problem so we reran
the smbldap configure script but when we ran it it failed every time without
any meaningful message. We tried the old password, old domain name etc but
it wouldn't install.

Any clues what to do next?

If worst comes to worst we can reinstall the operating system, but what if
the same problem occurs again? It will be best if we can import the ldif
user database from the other system.
Alternatively we could run the bulk user add script using the list of users.
Of course then we would also have to set up the groups again etc but this is
not a big deal.
The thing that worries me is that the users will not be able to access there
home directories if the uid does not match. If we use the same usernames
does the uid matter? If it does, can it be set along with the bulk add

Thanks for any tips.

Krsnendu dasa
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