[CentOS] etc passwd and groups file

Wed Jul 29 15:43:45 UTC 2009
jacob at aers.ca <jacob at aers.ca>


this site has a very good howto on how to get started with ldap and how
to migrate existing users in from NIS/passwd+shadow

scping the files around works but unless you use pass-phraseless keys it
can be a pain.  There is also a /etc/gshadow file to copy.

-----Original Message-----
From: centos-bounces at centos.org [mailto:centos-bounces at centos.org] On
Behalf Of John R Pierce
Sent: Wednesday, July 29, 2009 8:39 AM
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Subject: Re: [CentOS] etc passwd and groups file

Carlos Santana wrote:
> Hi,
> I need to maintain a same user/group list on multiples systems. Can we
> just copy the same passwd and groups file on all machines?
> If we create a new user on one system then I will need to copy this to
> all other systems. This is quite cumbersome. Any suggestions?

the old fashion way of doing this was NIS ... but I'm with everyone else

in saying go with LDAP directory services, and further, use a NFS 
automount for their home directories.
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