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Old 09-15-2008, 11:56 AM
Liraz Siri
Default using a Live CD to transparently migrate Microsoft file and print sharing ( TurnKey Linux: new project builds Ubuntu based Live CD appliances)

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Onno Benschop wrote:
| Wow,
| Everything old is new again. Here is a link to an article[1] I wrote in
| November 2003 which describes some of what you describe and combines
| nicely with TurnKey
| * http://itmaze.com.au/articles/cio/

Wow indeed, I think using Live CDs to transparently migrate Microsoft
File and Print sharing servers off to Linux/Samba is a terrific idea.

Implementing this would require a bit of R&D work though. For example,
how do you read all of the configuration settings from the Microsoft
server and migrate them to Samba? I imagine you would need some software
for that. Could this be made compatible enough with the old Microsoft
server so that IT staff wouldn't have to run around reconfiguring
anything or diagnosing various things that have suddenly broken?

There is very little here that is special to a system running from a
Live CD. The development approach that would probably work best is to
set up a regular Ubuntu system in a VM on one hard drive, with
Microsoft File and Print Server installed on another virtual hard drive.

Then hammer the issues out until you get to the point where you the
capability to read all the necessary configuration settings, and convert
them into the equivalent Samba configuration settings.

NTFS-3g driver could be used to access the original hard drives
read/write so that you could re-use the existing filesystems and
wouldn't have to migrate your data to a new partition.

We have quite a bit on our plate right now as it is (with work and
TurnKey), but if a community effort could get to the point where they
can accomplish the transparent migration in a VM, and they publish the
details, we will be delighted to do the extra work of turning that into
a TurnKey Live CD appliance.

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