[Samba] How to make fully working samba backup/migration?

Michal Dobroczynski michal.dobroczynski at gmail.com
Sun Apr 26 19:51:13 GMT 2009

I have never been migrating a working samba to another computer, but
we have been many times transferring data from host to host during
migrations and "rsync" was the best tool available. Take a look on the
option "-a, --archive               archive mode; equals -rlptgoD (no
The same "archive" mode you will find in cp and others. I do not
_know_ how ACLs are handled in this case, but I think it's an easy
thing to check.


2009/4/26 Zbigniew Luszpinski <zbiggy at o2.pl>:
> Hello,
> how to correctly make full and fully working samba backup?
> I read articles and newsgroups seeing how many people failed because something
> was forgotten to be copied or saved and restored/merged.
> Usually password and user accounts does not work.
> What I found is most people copy:
> /etc/samba
> the smarter copy also:
> /home
> geeks knows they should also copy:
> /etc/passwd
> /etc/shadow
> /etc/groups
> and
> /var/lib/samba
> where tdb files are kept.
> Looking at these gathered files I think I should also store file rights and
> user/owner of each file. Finally I should merge:
> /etc/passwd
> /etc/shadow
> /etc/groups
> on new system with these I backed up from older system.
> How to copy files from users' accounts at /home/* if files created by M$
> Windows have characters in file names Linux can not handle during copy? How to
> preserve windows file rights when migrating samba from Linux to Linux?
> I hope I identified all problems which may happen... If not tell me what I
> missed and tell me how to fix such problem.
> Did I miss something or this is full list of operations to be done to have
> fully working samba backup?
> have a nice day,
> zbiggy
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