[OpenAFS] CellServDB file update...

Rodney M Dyer rmdyer@uncc.edu
Mon, 15 May 2006 22:48:14 -0400

The AFS administration reference...


...makes clear that CellServDB files should never be updated by editing 
them with a text editor or I assume by the same token (no pun) simply 
copying new ones into place.  The reference gives absolutely no indication 
of why or what the consequences are.

Without performing a BOS restart, we've recently had the experience that 
copying a new CellServDB file over an existing one on a file server causes 
the file server volumes to become inaccessable.  This happened on our 
Solaris clients as well as our XP clients.  Our XP clients started 
returning the error SEC_E_NO_KERB_KEY.

Is the date/time stamp on the CellServDB files used for security in some 
fashion?  We didn't think the file server process re-read the CellServDB 
file without a BOS restart.


Rodney M. Dyer
Windows Systems Programmer
Mosaic Computing Group
William States Lee College of Engineering
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