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Re: migrating from RedHat to Debian without losing configuration

Moritz Lennert wrote:
> Hello,
> We are planning on migrating a few machines from RedHat to Debian and were
> wondering whether there exists some way of reusing the red hat configuration
> files for the Debian configuration. In other words, can a new Debian install
> take over the information in config files for samba, nfs, /etc/passwd, etc., in
> order to avoid having to reconfigure everything manually ?
> Any pointers to relevant info or programmes are more than welcome.
> Thanks,
> Moritz

Not likely.  Red Hat and Debian have very different policies on
configuration files.  Some are standard (like the /etc/passwd, and
so on).  Others are different (like /etc/network/interfaces, for
Debian).  Your best bet is to setup a another server side by side,
and do a hot swap and then reuse the Red Hat somewhere else.  Failing
that, consider partition the drive to leave the RedHat side in tact
and then install Debian on the other part and transfer the content
and configuration over one service at a time.


Roberto C. Sanchez

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