To upgrade the user and group databases to the new format, a script called pwdtopdbtool.py has been added to the distribution. You might need to alter the pathnames of /vice/db/user.coda and /vice/db/group.coda. Simply run this script on the SCM and it will parse out all entries from the old user and group files, and uses the pdbtool to create the new prot_users.db and prot_index.db files in /vice/db.
To distribute these files to the other servers, you should add the following lines to /vice/db/files:
As long as there are pre-5.2 servers in the group, it is advised to stick to the old way of adding users, and use the pwdtopdbtool.py script to keep the new files in sync.