[Samba] Rebuild Samba Server: Do my XP clients need to rejoin domain?

Gareth Cummings gareth.cummings at globoforce.com
Fri Mar 30 08:15:18 GMT 2007

I recently did a similar upgrade, moving from Suse 9.3 to 10.2(the 10.2 
was installed on a new machine).  I copied over the relevant files 
(which for me on Suse where /var/lib/samba, /etc/samba, /etc/passwd, 
/etc/group), configured samba on the new box, shutdown the old samba and 
started the new samba and I did not have to rejoin any machine to the 

Aaron Souza wrote:
> All,
> I would like to upgrade our Fedora Core 3 Linux server (hosting samba,
> among other services) to Cent OS 4.4. However, if I reformat the array
> and install Cent OS 4.4 and copy back all the samba files (and other
> files), do my Windows XP Clients have to re-join the domain? I ask
> this because I have 150 machines and going to each one and leaving the
> domian and rejoining essentially the same domain would be a major time
> sink.
> Has anyone recovered a samba server from a fatal crash (or other
> reason) and had any luck with windows xp clients and not having to
> go to each client?
> Samba Version: 3.0.14
> Thanks in advance,

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