OS X and FreeBSD: What could be a good setup
doug at polands.org
Mon Apr 12 07:38:19 PDT 2004
On Thu, Apr 08, 2004 at 08:04:35AM -0400, Bart Silverstrim wrote:
> >>You see I'm in a state of confusion..
> >You're simply using a FreeBSD as a file server. You serve up
> >files to the client via NFS (OS X) or CIFS (Windows). FreeBSD doesn't
> >care. Now if you want FreeBSD to understand and manipulate those
> >files is a different issue.
> See, this is part of where I was getting a little munged up in trying
> to figure out how I want to aim for renetworking my home...
You're talking about three different issues here, Authentication, file
serving protocols, and wireless security.
> I'm looking at using FreeBSD on a server (web, mail, file server) with
> OS X, Windows, and probably Linux clients. I'd like the FreeBSD server
> to handle authentication, but that may be a pipe dream to accomplish
> across platforms easily :-/
Not sure where to point you for this but some type of LDAP scheme seems
a logical choice.
> For the file serving I was looking at NFS (especially using the NFS
> server with Services for Unix under Windows), but the common
> cross-platform version may too insecure to use comfortably, especially
> with wireless (most of my wireless connections are wrapped in ssh if
> they're important anyway).
> That would leave SMB/CIFS, meaning SAMBA, but I haven't found anyone
> able to tell me if CIFS is secure "over the wire". I seem to recall a
> utility that would sniff network packets and if NFS is used, it can
> capture the files as they're travelling over the network; can this
> happen with CIFS?
> I would really rather NOT use mixed protocols to share; NFS for
> Linux/OS X, CIFS for Windows...then I'd have increased overhead to
> managing permissions, etc...
Correct me if I'm wrong, but your choice of protocols is a different
issue from wireless security. Here's a couple of good articles on
wireless and FreeBSD...
I've never setup a wireless network, but I have connected PCs and Macs
to FreeBSD fileservers. My suggestion would be to tackle your project
is discrete steps.
1. If possible, using a wired network, setup your authentication
2. Configure your clients and server for file sharing.
3. Setup and configure for wireless network operation.
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