[Samba] PDC migration: printing trouble.

Remy Zandwijk remy.zandwijk at falw.vu.nl
Fri Apr 4 16:20:38 GMT 2008

Hi all,

we've been moving an old Samba 2.2.x PDC install to a Samba 3.0.28 PDC 
install. We copied the ntdrivers.tdb and ntprinters.tdb from to old to the new 
server. After the migration, everything was just fine, except printing seemed 
to be somewhat slower. As more and more user logged on, the machine got really
sluggish and printing took quite long. We figured out we've got bitten by:


The plan is to assign the new server a new 'workgroup' name, which divers from 
the workgroup settings of the old PDC, delete all .tdb files, assign the 
printers drivers and settings again. Then, turn off the old PDC, change the 
workgroup setting of the new PDC to match the old PDC, etc. Basically, we 
build new printing .tdb files.

The question is: is this going to work? Do the .tdb files which have something 
to do with printers have references to the temporary workgroup name or do they 
use domain/local SID's (which are the same on the old and new server)? Any 
other gotcha's? Is there a more proper way to accomplish this?

Thanks for your comments,

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