Centralized DB of "system" users

Da Rock rock_on_the_web at comcen.com.au
Sun Dec 14 01:41:27 PST 2008

On Fri, 2008-12-12 at 09:48 +0200, Valentin Bud wrote:
> Hello list,
>  I don't know if the Subject says what i really want to achieve but i do
> hope that i will make myself understood.
>  I work for a school and i want to install in 2 labs on very low performance
> computers (1 Ghz CPU, 126 Mb RAM) some linux distro (zen walk). I *need*
> to install linux because there are some programs that need to run on those
> stations and guess what, they only work on linux.
>  There are different students that use those computers and they change
> frequently. So i thought
> to make a server, using FreeBSD (of course), that has a database of users so
> the linux machines
> 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.

Perhaps what you are looking for is NIS, or better still LDAP? For
greater security try kerberos.

NIS should be documented in the handbook, lookup OpenLDAP in ports and
follow the links or google....

Good luck!

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