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ZDNet: LSP: Migrate From Windows NT to Linux

Sep 06, 2001, 14:10 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael P. Deignan)

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"Migrating file and print sharing services from a Windows machine to a Linux box is time consuming and often prone to error. To perform such an endeavor manually, an administrator must set up hundreds (if not thousands) of user accounts, then create file and print shares, and then copy files from the Windows environment to Linux. This manual work can take hours, if not days, to complete properly. DAS Technology's LSP is a utility that automates the entire conversion process. The software automatically converts users and groups, and copies files from the Windows to Linux Server, but it also goes a step further. It can migrate any Web pages being served by an existing Windows machine to Apache Web server on a Linux machine, and can copy any FTP files and configuration parameters from the Windows environment to Linux. As an added bonus, it can also migrate the NT server's DNS and DHCP configurations.

For our tests we used a Red Hat 6.2 server running on a Dell PowerEdge 1300 and a Windows NT 4.0 server running on a Dell PowerEdge 2300. On the Red Hat system, we downloaded a TAR file from the company's FTP server and decompressed it into a work directory. Likewise, we downloaded a ZIP file containing a SETUP.EXE installation program to install on the NT Server. (As part of the installation on the NT Server we made sure to install Service Pack 3 and the Option Pack.)

LSP's NT to Linux migration process happens in four stages, alternating between the NT and Linux servers. The first stage involves running a data collection program on the NT server--this process obtains the server information--such as share names, directory and file structures, Internet Information Server configuration data, and so on--that LSP will migrate."

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