Re: Linux Server > PDC
hi ya curtis
-- disruption of productivity should be the first and foremost
or you'd have an angry crew and/or angry managers ??
-- work out with the mangers what will be changed and anticipated time
-- it is impossible to move 50 or 100 people all in one day...
( we will ignore what "move" means for now )
-- first setup user ID and group ID for each user on the samba box
- a 5 min job or day job.. depending on network policy
and topology etc..etc..
- get a few tolerant/understanding windoze users to help debug the
new samba server ... before moving the less tolerant complainers
-- setup home dir for each user on the samba box
so that users can write data if needed to their linux-based home
dir instead of writing data on their local PC
-- problem with doing one samba server ... if it dies... everybody might
as well go home... or have a backup system/server up and running
- if you have 2 samba servers... you have a mirroring and syncing
- 1/2 on sambaA.... and 1/2 on sambaB servers
and mirror data to ther other box nightly???
- convince the mangers that losing 4-8hrs of data of 1/2 of
the users is better than losing all user data cause one server
- if none of the data cannot be lost at all...
- how often is current setup backed up???
- pull the disk out of any random pc right now to make the
point of simulating a random crash at any time
- make 100% sure you can backup data of all users...
before letting them all put real data on a "untested
-- more precautions and step-by-step process should be written down
and approved.... first...
- remove all "adminstrator passwds"
- plead ignorance to user passwd and screen passwds ???
- user has to be there to fix it ??
-- test that the NTs can print to a printer connected to the
linux-based samba server since that can be messy or trivial...
- even more fun if its not a postscript printer
-- now you are ready for moving profiles, workgroups...
( your original issues/questions ...
-- a samba box will NEVER replace a home dir of NT users since
NTFS is not guaranteed to support NT files...
- though i havent had any problems... yet...
(since when NT writes to linux-based home dirs... its always ext2)
-- lots of fun stuff in a simple "moving windows users" to linux land
-- when its all done...
- any user can sit on any PC and everything will look the same...
( ie.. dont matter if one pc dies... )
On Thu, 18 Apr 2002, curtis wrote:
> Has anyone promoted a Samba Server to a PDC in a Windows NT environment?
> Any heads up?
> I'm getting ready to do this and I'm just wondering about any problems
> people have faced. What about moving users, groups, profiles from NT to
> Samba. Actually, I guess I should have said recreating, since there is
> no existing means, that I'm aware of, for moving these. Also, what is
> the best way to approach this. Pull Samba off the LAN, create all users
> groups, etc. and then put it on line? Or is the task simple enough to
> leave it on line, create user, groups, etc and then basically promote it
> and demote existing NT PDC?
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