[CentOS] Active Directory

Paul subsolar at subsolar.com
Wed Jul 25 04:35:21 UTC 2007

On Tue, 2007-07-24 at 07:09 -0500, Johnny Hughes wrote:
> zen at allegro.pl wrote:
> > On Monday 23 July 2007 14:33:18 Adriatik Allamani wrote:
> >> Hello
> >>
> >> For the moment I manage the user in the network with win 2000 Server.
> >> I want to use an linux OS to manaxhe the network? Is this possible.
> >>
> >> So. How can I organize and configure the Cent OS to use it as Active
> >> Directory or something like this, and to open all the existing users
> >> there, and then to shut down the win2000 Server and to Activate the
> >> CentOS as domain controller?
> >>
> >> Can someone help me in this?
> > 
> > It really depends on what parts of AD are you using. To centralize 
> > user/password management and home directories OpenLDAP should be sufficient. 
> > But if you want to replace more sophisticated AD features (software 
> > deployment, etc.), ther is nothing good enough (and Open Source/Free) for 
> > Linux.
> > If your environment is mostly Windows based, I'd stay with AD.
> Basically, the Samba that comes with CentOS-4 or CentOS-5 can do a
> WindowsNT type domain via LDAP.  You can connect Windows servers and
> Clients (2000, 2003, XP ... not sure about vista) to this kind of domain
> and share printers, file servers, etc.
> The CentOS-5 samba can JOIN an active directory domain as a file server,
> but it can not be a domain controller.

If your interested in having a CentOS Samba server join an AD domain the
following howto might be useful.


Paul Berger

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