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Mac OS X 10.2: Archive and Install Does Not Preserve Some Settings

The Archive and Install feature preserves most, but not all, systems settings.

Note: This document applies to Mac OS X 10.2 through 10.2.8.
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The Archive and Install feature preserves most, but not all, systems settings. The following settings are not preserved when you choose Archive and Install, even if you select "Preserve user and network settings."
  • Whether a network time server is used or not.
  • The list of configured printers (stored in the file /etc/printers.conf).
  • The computer's time zone (stored in the file /etc/localtime).
  • The resolution of your display(s), and other settings if more than one display is connected, such as arrangement (stored in the com.apple.windowserver.plist in /Library/Preferences, ~/Library/Preferences/ByHost/).
  • Sharing preferences pane settings (stored in /etc/hostconfig):
    - Personal File Sharing
    - Personal Web Sharing
    - Windows File Sharing
    - Remote Login
    - Remote Apple Events
    - Printer Sharing
    - Computer name

This is expected behavior.
Last Modified: Feb 17, 2012

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