Originally Posted by chrism01
Well, rsync should be able to do all that ok. I'd recommend using rsync over ssh using authorised keys for the passwd and shadow files.
Ideally you wouldn't login as root remotely (ie direct copy), but that would mean setting up a user with sudo that could be triggered to move the files into /etc after they've been uploaded.
Ok, sounds simple enough as I am already familiar with rsync etc.
So the only files required in this situation are:
And of course the home directories.