Centralized DB of "system" users

Ivan Voras ivoras at freebsd.org
Fri Dec 12 02:18:26 PST 2008

Manolis Kiagias wrote:

>> don't have local users but they query the DB to get login credentials and
>> such. I don't
>> really know what to look for. So any suggestion and hints to how can i
>> achieve this
>> are welcomed.
>> thank you and a great day,
>> v
> What you are looking for is called NIS:
> http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/network-nis.html
> However note it is not (unfortunately) interoperable between FreeBSD and
> Linux, although there is a setting (UNSECURE=true in /var/yp/Makefile of
> the NIS server) that works around this, albeit it lowers security.
> There are other solutions too (LDAP?) but NIS would be the easiest to
> setup.

I agree - NIS is easiest to setup, but LDAP is the right solution in
this case (though it's very complicated to set up, especially the first

One alternative to those is samba - there is pam_smb in the ports, but
there's no nss_smb but that's somewhat weird to use in a unix-like
environment :)

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