Use Fedora Directory Server For Manageable LDAP (Part 1) - page 3
What Is LDAP?One of the biggest dreams of network admins is cross-platform single-sign-on authentication that is not a nightmare to administer. On a Unix-based network--Linux, the BSDs, Mac OS X, commercial Unixes--no sweat. Throw Windows into the brew and suddenly what should be a fundamental operation that works the same everywhere becomes a big fat pain. With an FDS backend, the obnoxious becomes tolerable. Samba has long supported using an LDAP backend. If you've resisted using Samba + LDAP because it looked too difficult, try it with FDS. Samba's default tdbsam database doesn't scale up for large deployments very well, and maintaining duplicate Samba/Unix user account stores is a useless duplication of effort. And don't forget that LDAP is the universal network backend, or very nearly so, so once you figure it out it solves a lot of problems.
Another option is to add the excellent pGINA to the brew. This replaces the Windows login manager with its own login manager that allows Windows clients to authenticate against whatever server you jolly well want them to. So you can easily add some Windows hosts to a Linux or Mac OS X LAN without Samba.
- Fedora Directory Server contains a wealth of howtos and help
- The commercial version, Red Hat Directory Server is also well-documented, with few differences from Fedora
- Licensing for FDS is rather complex. Details here: FDS licensing
This article originally appeared on Enterprise Networking Planet, a JupiterWeb site.
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