Centralized DB of "system" users

Julien Cigar jcigar at ulb.ac.be
Fri Dec 12 05:44:43 PST 2008

On Fri, 2008-12-12 at 14:12 +0100, Wojciech Puchar wrote:
> >>> this case (though it's very complicated to set up, especially the first
> >>
> >> why it is "right" solution?
> >
> > Interoperability. Today, with Linux, tomorrow, Windows or Mac OS X.
> so not "right" but interoperable. if i do have only unix systems in LAN, 
> NIS is much better easier and faster.
> for windows-only LAN with unix server, simply using samba is OK.

Here all the machines use OpenLDAP with pam_ldap and nss_ldap with /home
mounted on the file server, so that an user can login on every machine
and find back his /home. We've also a domain controller which uses Samba
and the same LDAP database. So you create the account once and the users
can automatically login on the unix and windows machines. It works
pretty well. I don't know NIS so much, but I think that LDAP has two
advantages : the protocol, and it's use of (extensible) schemes.

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