migrate /etc/shadow t

Posted on 2010-01-05
Last Modified: 2013-12-15

I am using the free version of ESXi and have enabled the "unsupported" ssh access. I ( probably naiively ) to import some user accounts from a linux box by copying the entries from /etc/passwd and /etc/shadow to the esxi machine, but  it didn't work.
Is there a way to do this?
Question by:alpha-lemming
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    Assisted Solution

    You also need the corresponding entries from /etc/groups and - maybe - /etc/gshadow.

    If you want to login as a user, don't forget to create the required home directory as specified in /etc/passwd.
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    Expert Comment

    Sorry, typo: it needs to read: /etc/group

    Author Comment

    Ah, I figured it out.
    My source passwords are des-hashed but esxi uses md5.
    I wonder if it's possible to make esxi use des?

    Accepted Solution

    Oh, esxi DOES recognize des-hashed passwords. Yay!

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