NIS on a school network - need some clarifications
klr at 6s-gaming.com
Wed Aug 25 10:38:18 PDT 2004
I'm working on a project to change the network on my school to open source
software only (FreeBSD/Linux workstations only).
I knew about NIS from readings of the handbook years ago, so I revisited
it today, but there' is something that's missing. I understand the NIS
accounts reside on the master server and I have to add users on the master
server. But then, users on workstations will have their home directories
etc referring only to the local machine.
I want to have users get their home directories from a central location
too. Is there any 'official' process to make this work, with NIS if
I plan to have a 'student-shared-area' that will be NFS mounted on every
workstation on boot, but I want each user to have their files available,
wherever they login from.
Also, I assume there is no problem in using NIS accounts with X. From the
logic of it, there shouldn't be any problems.
A few last questions,
Since I plan to switch the whole network from windows to FreeBSD / Linux
(only adding linux because other people want it :-P), I'll need to
substitute the following applications:
- Visual C++ (anjuta)
- MS Access (?)
I don't know much about access, but I believe it's possible to have a
ms-access database server.. if that's the case, is there a open source
client with a similiar GUI to ms access available ? (note: mysql/etc won't
do, the school program says ms access, so we need something similiar)
Any insight on these issues is most welcome
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