[CentOS] LDAP for central authentication?

Gary L. Greene, Jr. ggreene at minervanetworks.com
Thu Dec 3 19:16:02 UTC 2009

On Wednesday 02 December 2009 6:55:15 pm Scott Ehrlich wrote:
> I have the following on a network:
> 1) RHEL 5.0 Server acting as NIS and Samba domain controller
> 2) CentOS 5.x machines on NIS network
> 3) Win XP machines on Samba domain
> When I create an account for someone, I need to first type adduser
> new_person -d /home/new_person then passwd new_person, then cd /var/yp
> and make.    Then smbpasswd -a new_person.   Thus, two different
> databases.
> On another network, I have separate XP and Linux (CentOS 5.x, RHEL
> 5.x, and Suse) systems.   No Samba, no NIS.   Can I still set up a
> central LDAP directory for a single account database?
> For the NIS+Samba case, can I merge both credential files into a
> central database using LDAP?   I would also want to control password
> length, complexity, aging, and other things.
> What is the best way to do this?
> Thanks.
> Scott
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In your case, you should look at samba with the LDAP backend. This will allow 
all data to be in LDAP for the non-Windows boxes, and the Windows clients 
would treat it as an NT4 styled domain.

Gary L. Greene, Jr.
IT Operations
Minerva Networks, Inc.
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Phone: (408) 240-1239

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