Ubuntu SMB migration

marc gmane at auxbuss.com
Tue Apr 21 10:35:13 UTC 2009

madanabhat27 said:

> Hi folks !
> Our company is planning to migrate four of our PC's from an MS Windows
> 98/ XP/Vista environment to an Ubuntu 8.10/9.04 Environment and they
> have chosen me to coordinate and manage the migration and we 8-10
> Personal Computers. The following are the configs of the four of them PC
> # 1
> Intel Pentium III 120MB SDRAM 40GB HDD, CD/DVD writer, MS Windows XP
> Home PC # 2
> AMD Sempron, 128MB DDR2 RAM, 40GB HDD, CD writer/DVD ROM, MS Windows XP
> PC # 3
> Intel Pentium II ( Planning to upgrade to PIII ( if it is possible )  )
> 64MB SDRAM ( Planning to upgrade to 256MB SDRAM  ) 24GB HDD, CD ROM, MS
> Windows 98 PC # 4
> Intel Core2Duo 1.66 GHz, 2GB DDR2 RAM 160GB HDD, DVD/CD RW  MS Windows
> Vista Business, Intel Pro/Wireless 3945 A/B/G and I'd like to know,
> 1.  What all are the precautionary steps I should take while migrating
> to ensure a safe and successful migration and? 2. What are the things I
> should make note of that might play an important role in the migration
> and? 3. Are there any good migration guides available that might help me
> during the migration?  and 4. Are there any good reference books that I
> should purchase that might help me in administering and handling those
> Ubuntu PC's?  and 5. What all hardware upgrades should I do to those
> systems to make them Ubuntu compatible and Ubuntu ready? 6. What are all
> the problems I might face before,  during and after the migration?
> Any help would be most appreciated

My 2c on migration is (1) planning (esp. communication, risk mitigation 
and training), (2) replicate the source on the object before updating/
adding (which presupposes that you've determined what you do and don't 
need on the source, i.e. you've done (1)). (3) Know when you are finished.

First risk, I'd say, is the amount of memory in the machines. Memory is 
cheap, don't scrimp on it. And it give the biggest bang for the buck.

Once you've written down what you are going to do, then the migration 
itself should be fairly mechanical. Things will go wrong. Don't panic!


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