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Can you move User's Home Directories by Hand?

I have a need to move about 200 user's home directories from a NW5.0
server to and NW6.5 server. I was going to do it this weekend. I was
searching around on Deja.com and it seems a lot of people pay a bundle to
get a utility to do it. Is there anything wrong with just copying the
directories from one server to another and then editing the user objects
through console1 and changing it to the new loc? Obviously it will take
some time, but is there any actual reason or danger invovled in just doing
it this way? Thanks for your help. Hopefully, I can get it done this
weekend and have one more step to my 6.5 world.
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Re: Can you move User's Home Directories by Hand?

Yes, you can do it by hand. I've done it many times.

My understanding is that if you do it via C1 or NWAdmin, permissions should be retained. I tried it and found it to be very sloooow with both utilities. Just move directory and update it in NWAdmin/C1. Reassign permissions if needed. I don't remember offhand, but I thought moving a directory retained the permissions, copy didn't, but you'll need to test that. Try it with one directory. If rights are not retained, you'll need to reassign.

JRB utilities probably has something for this, but it will cost you.

Tom

>>> <dogfrndnew@yahoo.com> 4/14/2006 2:41 PM >>>


I have a need to move about 200 user's home directories from a NW5.0
server to and NW6.5 server. I was going to do it this weekend. I was
searching around on Deja.com and it seems a lot of people pay a bundle to
get a utility to do it. Is there anything wrong with just copying the
directories from one server to another and then editing the user objects
through console1 and changing it to the new loc? Obviously it will take
some time, but is there any actual reason or danger invovled in just doing
it this way? Thanks for your help. Hopefully, I can get it done this
weekend and have one more step to my 6.5 world.
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Re: Can you move User's Home Directories by Hand?

dogfrndnew@yahoo.com wrote:

> Is there anything wrong with just copying the
> directories from one server to another and then editing the user
> objects through console1 and changing it to the new loc?


if you have the time to do it that way, there is nothing wrong with it
- however, for the copy use Novell's (free) Server Consolidation
Utility - that way trustee rights are preserved during the copy.

http://download.novell.com/Download?buildid=fxmzE0UYjbs~

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Re: Can you move User's Home Directories by Hand?

dogfrndnew@yahoo.com wrote:

> I have a need to move about 200 user's home directories from a NW5.0
> server to and NW6.5 server. I was going to do it this weekend. I
> was searching around on Deja.com and it seems a lot of people pay a
> bundle to get a utility to do it. Is there anything wrong with just
> copying the directories from one server to another and then editing
> the user objects through console1 and changing it to the new loc?
> Obviously it will take some time, but is there any actual reason or
> danger invovled in just doing it this way? Thanks for your help.
> Hopefully, I can get it done this weekend and have one more step to
> my 6.5 world.


You can move them manually but most of us are lazy and that's why we
use utilities.

UImport is still out there as well. It's free and good for moving home
directories.

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Cheers,
Edward
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Re: Can you move User's Home Directories by Hand?

On Fri, 14 Apr 2006 18:41:13 +0000, dogfrndnew wrote:

I see other has already responded with suggestions for different ways of
doing this. I just wanna clarify one thing.

The main reason one wanna use a utility to do the move/copy is to make
sure all meta-data is kept inftact.
When it comes to home directories you do wanna make sure that file rights
are kept intact and also the file ownerships, otherwise you'll end up
owning every file in the users home directories. Which of course will
screw up user space restrictions.

I prefer to use the SCU or JRB Utilities when doing this kind of thing.


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Niclas Ekstedt, CNA/CNE/CNS/CLS
Network Consultant/NSC Sysop
InfraSystems Solutions AB

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