[CentOS] Re: A good primer to User Administration?

Tue Nov 13 23:58:15 UTC 2007
Eric B. <ebenze at hotmail.com>

"Shibu C Varughese" <shibucv at itmission.org> wrote 
in message news:4739E414.4060504 at itmission.org...
>> My question is the following.  I've been searching online for a good 
>> reference to describe good practices when building a linux network, but 
>> haven't really been able to find much when it comes to best practices for 
>> user administration, ACLs, "optimal" (or recommended) file locations, 
>> etc. For example, I know I need an LDAP server, but not sure how that 
>> ties into system login, or how to use a Linux LDAP server as the basis 
>> for a primary domain controller (is it still called that given Windows AD 
>> world?), etc. Or even how to properly create group structures and ACLs 
>> that accurately reflect group ownership/etc.  The octal permissions at 
>> the file level are only good enough for a single group; I need to give 
>> multiple groups different permissions on the same files, etc.
>> I realize that there are a lot of questions that I need to research, but 
>> I was hoping someone could point me in the direction of some advanced 
>> admin docs with best practices, etc.  Most of the stuff I find relates on 
>> how to set up a basic standalone PC, without any reference to how to 
>> network together a bunch of servers running off central authentication, 
>> etc...
> Eric,
> if you are thinking of setting up ldap, email, address book ...etc.. all 
> in one go ... then you need to test out ...something like  zimbra from 
> zimbra.com

Thanks for the input;  I have already looked at Zimbra, and it looks like a 
very interesting soln for me once I have everything else set up.  I see 
Zimbra as a nice group-ware pkg, but not as something to help me with 
user-authentication to the server (for shell access), setting up file 
permissions, shares, SMB permissions/shares, etc, etc, etc.