Moving from beta/test environment to production

Dieter Modig dieter.m at
Tue Dec 18 01:18:51 MST 2012


Now that samba4 is officially here we're tried a clean install and the installation is very nice! Smooth and helpful all the way. Good job! 

The next step for us (considering our broken GPOs) would be to somehow move over to a new nice production environment with a moderate amount of work and we wanted your opinion on how to get there. There seems to be two ways to reach the finish line on this; 
1. Set up a newly installed fresh machine as member server and move master functionality to that one and then kill off the beta/test-machine or 
2. Export/backup the database (users and computers only) and then treat everything like disaster recovery on to a new installation with the same domain name and then rebuild the GPOs (they can be fairly easily exported/imported) 

What would you guys recommend at this stage and is it at all possible without messing everyting up more? Secret option number 3 would be to do a complete overhaul and rebuild the entire domain from scratch but that just doesn't sound like much fun :) 

We actually have _not_ tried to upgrade our rc4 to the official version but since none of the upgrades have fixed the GPO problem so far we're not holding our breath on that one. 

Dieter Modig 

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