[CentOS] Moving the Home dir to new server

aly.dharshi at telus.net aly.dharshi at telus.net
Fri Sep 2 14:45:41 UTC 2005

No you shouldn't have a problem as such, I think that you can do the LDAP 
bitty without issues, now NIS is a different beast altogther.


On Fri, 2 Sep 2005, Todd Cary wrote:

> Bryan -
> As you do doubt call tell, Linux/UNIX is not my area of expertise resulting in 
> some basic questions.  Using the designations of Master and Slave, my Master 
> and Slave have two different versions of RH software: RH 9 and Centos 4.1. 
> The Slave has it's own set of Services: HTTP, FTP and Samba along with other 
> supporting Services.
> Will this create a problem?
> Todd
> 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.

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