[CentOS] Moving the Home dir to new server

aly.dharshi at telus.net aly.dharshi at telus.net
Fri Sep 2 14:34:57 UTC 2005


 	I would suggest LDAP as NIS/NIS+ are slowly dying out in favour of 
LDAP. You can use something like FDS or OpenLDAP to accomplish this, PADL 
has some migration scripts for this to happen. The site, 
http://directory.fedora.redhat.com has some more information about this 
under the howto's especially the Posix one.



On Thu, 1 Sep 2005, Bryan J. Smith wrote:

> On Thu, 2005-09-01 at 15:06 -0700, Todd Cary wrote:
>> I have a new Centos installation that has an empty /home dir and there
>> are no users...just root.  I want to move the home directory from
>> another server to the new one.  At this time the old /home directory has
>> been tarred with "-prf".  That will keep permissions which could be a
>> problem.
>> Is there a simple way to move the /home directory?  And the non-system
>> users in the password and group files?
> Yes, It's called NIS and NFS.
> It makes it extremely easy and painless.
> It may seem like I'm suggesting more work, but once you do it once your
> network, you will never do it again.  Even if you leave NIS and NFS
> disabled, once you set them up, you can always start the services.
> With NIS, merely setup your current server as an NIS master.  Reference
> the HOWTO (see TLDP.org).  Now setup the new server as a slave.  The
> maps get pushed and now you have a copy of all essential UNIX
> configuration files necessary (passwd, hosts, services, etc...).  Merely
> cat >> the maps into the new server's files and make it the master.
> With NFS, just export /home from the old server with "no_root_squash"
> for the new server IP, and mount it on the new one.  Now you can move
> (mv) things directly over from one /home to another.

Aly S.P Dharshi
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