[CentOS] Simple solution for small network in a school ?

Sun Jul 11 21:46:31 UTC 2010
William Warren <hescominsoon at emmanuelcomputerconsulting.com>

  On 7/10/2010 10:59 AM, Niki Kovacs wrote:
> Hi,
> I have to install a small network in a school in a nearby village. The
> network will be Linux-only, one server and fifteen desktops. Here's the
> idea.
> 1) Authentication should be managed centrally on the server.
> 2) User home directories should also be on the server.
> 3) Users should all have disk quotas, something like 1 GB per user.
> 4) Some shared directories should be read/write for a defined group of
> users (teachers) and read-only for others.
> So far, I've only dealt with local authentication. I have a little
> practice in basic setups of Samba and NFS and managed to get these to
> work OK. On the other hand, I've never worked with NIS, LDAP or the likes.
> My question is more general, and I don't want to go into technical
> details. According to the KISS principle, which solution would you
> recommend (or explicitly *not* recommend)? A mix of LDAP and Samba? Or
> NIS and NFS? And what's this thing called Directory Server, which
> vaguely sounds like it's the right way to go?
> Any suggestions?
> Cheers from the hot South of France,
> Niki
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for simple solutions such as this i use a distro that is designed for 
this purpose.  Three coe into my mind
sme server
and clearos

of these i have found e-box to the the most reliable and easiest to 
use.  Now i have not used them in a purely Linux environment but they 
should work well..:)