[Samba] New Server, New Samba

Chuck Chauvin clchauvin at edcaugusta.com
Mon Sep 20 19:21:15 GMT 2004

So here is my question, again, just a little more refined. I think I may 
have figured this out but I wanted to pas it by the experts before I 
potentially make more trouble for myself than what I'm starting with.

Here's the scenario:

A couple of years ago I setup a Linux machine using Mandrake and Samba 2.2.4 
as a Primary Domain Controller.

It has been giving me lots of problems lately. Mostly because it was the 
first time I had set anything like that up and I was learning as I went.

So I have decided that it would be in my best interest to setup another 
server using a distribution that I am more familiar with that happens to be 
a little more up-to-date. Namely SuSE 9.1 Pro.

So what I am trying to accomplish is simple, in theory, but I'm not sure if 
I am on the right track.

I want to take all of the user and machine accounts from my existing server 
and move them to the new server.

This is the best I can figure to do:

After I get the new server setup I edit the following files


copying the relevant information from the existing server and pasting it in 
place (i.e. user and machine accounts).

Take my existing smb.conf file and use it since, according to the note at 
chapter 3.2.1 of 'Samba 3 by Example'

"The smb.conf file you are creating in this exercise can be used with equal 
effectiveness with Samba-2.2.x series releases."

I am going to assume that the reverse is also true. I should be able to take 
my smb.conf from my 2.2.4 installation and use it in Samba 3. Please correct 
me if I am wrong here.

So, once I do this, I should be able to have my existing Windows XP clients 
able to login to the new server with their same passwords and everything 
should be just like normal... right?

Chuck Chauvin
Network Administrator
clchauvin at edcaugusta.com

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