Upgrade test 1 - copy users from one Linode to a new Linode
Taking things step by step, I want to try the following experiment in copying over users first:
1. Create a brand new Linode with a 64-bit Ubuntu 14.04 LTS distribution.
2. Then I want to copy the existing users and groups, all with the same permissions, from one of my current Linodes to the new Linode. This would include:
The users, complete with their passwords, so they can just sign in.
Anybody who has permission to issue sudo commands can still do so.
The /home directory where all the users' home directories are, with their files.
Anything else I'm not thinking of?
Any hints on simplifying this process? I want to document a good "best practice" for doing this that will work on our current Linodes
After accomplishing this, I will work on next steps, such as copying over certain data and boot scripts. But one thing at a time, just to get started!