[CentOS] FreeIPA

Craig White craigwhite at azapple.com
Wed Apr 8 18:23:14 UTC 2009

On Wed, 2009-04-08 at 13:11 -0400, Robert Moskowitz wrote:
> Rob Kampen wrote:
> > I've been watching the discussion and read the RHEL docs about IPA and 
> > thought "At Last" something that brings together all the bits for the 
> > little guy. Now it appears the RH is going to drop the ball.
> > I have tried OpenLDAP and currently have a CentOS-DS running but am 
> > missing the bits that glue it all together. The actual core services 
> > (LDAP (either variant) Kerberos PAM samba etc) are simple enough to 
> > install on CentOS but the stuff that makes it "just work" is very 
> > difficult for me to get my head around and thus I've never actually 
> > got a setup working well enough to risk on my clients. 
> I have started with SME:  http://wiki.contribs.org/Main_Page
> This is a good NT Domain + equiv on Centos 4.7 and they have Centos 5.2 
> (I hope now 5.3) in beta.
> I have not looked enough into their roadmap to see what is being done 
> with LDAP...
> Another effort on Fedora is Amahi.org.  This is more a home product with 
> a WorkGroup orientation.  The inclusion of home apps like streaming 
> music makes it very attractive.
> SME is a well organized effort, originally back? by Mitel.  Amahi 
> started as a one-man effort (though the one man behind it has impressive 
> credentials) and has developed a 'plugin' community.
> Craig well knows the efforts of a couple of k12 guys to get some SAMBA 
> integration together (http://majen.net/smbldap/).  This seems to have 
> stagnated.
> I am hoping that SME continues to evolve.  Their VoIP version is the 
> perfect place to get serious with LDAP.
indeed, I do know about the k12ltsp efforts and the result was somewhat

All of the networks that I have setup and maintain use LDAP for
authentication (Linux/Macintosh/Windows) and use a Samba PDC/BDC, DNS,
DHCP, etc. and in fact, use the same users $HOME directory regardless of
which OS they log into. I have also adapted automounts for Linux &
Macintosh users into LDAP but Windows users mount shares via login
scripts. I have also been using WPKG for automatic software installation
on Windows systems.

I don't have much interest in SME myself. FreeIPA seemed to have the
whole bundle.


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