[CentOS] CentOS fileserver migrating to ZFS appliance

Sat Nov 26 01:02:21 UTC 2011
Craig White <craigwhite at azapple.com>

On Fri, 2011-11-25 at 19:50 -0500, Alan McKay wrote:
> > if you're running multiple windows systems with a server and DONT have
> > centralized authentication, you have a mess.
> >
> > if you're not running windows systems, then why are you using SMB ?
> > NFS is the native file sharing system for Unix and Linux systems.
> It is a bit of an oddball arrangement.   We are a scientific research
> lab within a hospital environment.  Most people use Linux or Mac - and
> those who do use Windows connect to the hospital domain.  We don't
> have any control over that domain at all - I support the researchers
> and am independent from central IT.  When the Windows users connect to
> the 5.3 box via SMB they use a local username and password on the 5.3
> box, not their central domain credentials.
I would think you would be better off using LDAP and at least you can
unify the Linux/Windows/(possibly Macintosh) logins from one single
authentication source (LDAP).

There are migration scripts for Linux/NIS - (openldap-servers)

If there's not too many samba users, you could copy/paste their hashed
passwords from the backend (presuming that you are using smbpasswd or
tdp passdb in samba).

There are some tools you can use to create/modify users and
simultaneously change their passwords for both Linux/Windows logins and
make them the same password.

You could also make Samba & LDAP a Windows domain controller.

I mention possibly Macintosh because it is possible to have Mac's
authenticate against LDAP too but I suspect that you are using all local
logins on both Mac's and Windows.


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