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

Wed Nov 14 07:01:59 UTC 2007
Robert Slade <centos at likley.co.uk>

On Tue, 2007-11-13 at 18:58 -0500, Eric B. wrote:
> "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.
> Tx!
> Eric


I would also have a look at SME - http://wiki.contribs.org/Main_Page

It does most of the things you are looking for out of the box and is
based on CentOS.

The other thing is to ave a look at the Samba site which has a number of
tutorials and case studies.