John BORIS on 7 May 2013 13:03:49 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Moving user accounts

I just did this for one of my SCo boxes. I know this a different OS but
here is what I did. I had to move a live server to a VM because of
dieing hardware.  I did the following:

On the new server I created the new accounts for the users. In SCO I
can set the starting UID. But on those that I needed I just changed
their UID in the passwd file. I then tarred up their home directories
and plopped them on the new system. tar preserved the UID from the old
system so it went fine. The only thing the users had to do was redo
their passwords. I didn't mind that as I had to visit each user. I had
about 20 users like you. 

That took me less time then searching for a utility, learning it and
then trying it.

John J. Boris, Sr.

"Remember! That light at the end of the tunnel
Just might be the headlight of an oncoming train!"

>>> "Eric H. Johnson" <> 5/7/2013 3:03 PM >>>
Hi all,

I set up an Ubuntu computer for a senior center some years back and
computer is now long overdue for an upgrade. The existing computer is
running Ubuntu 10.04 and has something the high side of 20 user
although about half are probably dormant. I would like to move those
accounts and associated data to a new computer running Ubuntu 13.04.
users as a rule do not store very much  on the computer since they use
primarily for browsing the web and email.

What is the easiest way to migrate these accounts to the new computer.
there a wizard? The only thing I found seemed like it was no longer
maintained. As a rule, I do not know the passwords for the individual
accounts. Can I just copy the home folder, etc/passwd, etc/shadow, etc.
will I run into problems if I do not regenerate the uids and gids.


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