Using the Import from UNIX wizard

After you have created text files with user and group information or verified access to a NIS server and domain, you are ready to perform the first step in the migration process using the Import from UNIX wizard.

To import user and group information:

  1. Open Access Manager.
  2. Expand Zones and any parent or child zones required to select the zone name into which you want to import users and groups.
  3. Select UNIX Data, right-click, then click Import from UNIX.
  4. Select the import source, then click Next.

    • If you select Network Information Service (NIS), type the name of the NIS domain and the host name of the NIS server. The NIS domain and server must be accessible from the Windows network for information to be imported successfully.
    • If you select UNIX configuration files, click Browse to locate the text files to import.

    If you selected Network Information Service or UNIX configuration files in Step 4, go to Step 5.

  5. Select the import options you want to use, then click Next.

    The import options displayed depend on the import source. For example, if you selected UNIX configuration files and specified a text file containing user accounts and a text file containing group accounts, the import options are:

    • Include system accounts to include accounts with UID or GID values from 0 to 99.

      On most computers, accounts with UID or GID values from 0 to 99 are reserved for accounts, such as root, tty, and ftp that you don’t need to import or manage using Active Directory. Select the Include system accounts option to include these accounts. This option is only displayed if importing from UNIX configuration files.

    • Automatically shorten the UNIX name to 8 characters to limit UNIX user and group names to a maximum of 8 characters.

      On some computers, user and group names cannot be longer than 8 characters. If you are importing users and groups that might need access to computers that do not support names longer than 8 characters, you can select Automatically shorten the Unix name to 8 characters to automatically truncate the names imported.

    If you are importing from NIS, you can choose to import users, groups, or both.

  6. Select a location for storing pending import data, then click Next.

    For example, to store pending data for the current zone in an XML file, select Store in XML file and specify the location for the file. If the file does not already exist in the default location, you are prompted to create it. To select another location for the XML file, click Browse.

  7. Review the summary of information to be imported, and select the Check data conflicts while importing option if you want to check for conflicts and potential matching candidates during the import process, then click Finish.

    If you are importing a large number of users or groups, selecting Check data conflicts while importing can cause the import process to take some time to complete. If you don’t select this option, you must check the status of users or groups after importing.

After you close the Import from UNIX wizard, users and groups are placed in Active Directory or in an XML file with the status of Pending Import. You must then decide how each user and group should be mapped to accounts in Active Directory.