[Novalug] Linux as a server for an office?
jhart at kevla.org
Fri Jul 18 11:15:06 EDT 2008
The NAS setup should be easy, you can go download FreeNAS and install it, and
have a shared drive across all of your platforms. And it does RAID.
FreeNAS works great on my Linux, W2K, and OpenBSD boxes.
> Agreed. I'd like to have something like this at home, where my wife and I run
> a mixed bag of systems. Between us we have Linux (PPC and x86), OS X
> (again, PPC and x86), and XP. Get all this tied to a NAS setup.....
> -------------- Original message ----------------------
> From: "Jay Hart" <jhart at kevla.org>
>> I think this would be a great topic at a meeting. Basically where peices
>> invloved, and some basic points to consider, if you have it working by then,
>> that would be a bonus.
>> > I was researching the same thing for my heterogeneous network at home.
>> > For built-in windows authentication, you might want a kerberos server. See
>> > What's nice about that approach is that the kerberos technology is
>> built-in to
>> > Windows and would be supported, patched, etc.
>> > You *can* use LDAP to authenticate your windows user, but that requires
>> > is called a different GINA. Google it to learn more.
>> > There is also an O'Reilly book, "Windows in a Linux World".
>> > This book has some cool stuff for assisting with what you are trying to
>> > Overall, I think a good strategy is to implement OpenLDAP as the user
>> > (analogous to Active Directory store), and also implement Kerberos server
>> > encrypted authentication.
>> > There are some how-to's on how to do the combination on the internet. I
>> > haven't yet implemented this, but this has been where my research has led
>> > Good luck,
>> > Brandon
>> > --- On Fri, 7/18/08, Igor Birman <igor_birman at yahoo.com> wrote:
>> >> From: Igor Birman <igor_birman at yahoo.com>
>> >> Subject: [Novalug] Linux as a server for an office?
>> >> To: novalug at calypso.tux.org
>> >> Date: Friday, July 18, 2008, 10:06 AM
>> >> I have an opportunity to set up a new server for an office
>> >> running Linux. I want the same features as Windows server
>> >> provides - single signon, ability to change password,
>> >> access to samba shares without having to log in again, and
>> >> access via VPN.
>> >> Do I need OpenLDAP for this? Every guide to it seems very
>> >> complex - is there a quick and easy way to use it? Do some
>> >> commercial Linux distributions have this out of the box? I
>> >> found this link:
>> >> https://help.ubuntu.com/community/LDAP-Samba_PDC_(for_Linux_and_Windows)
>> >> with a big disclaimer at the top.
>> >> Should I just use Samba as a PDC? I see many articles
>> >> about this from 2001 and 2002, but nothing recent.
>> >> It looks like I can do this with OpenLDAP, but it looks
>> >> very complicated. Is there any easy way to provide these
>> >> services for Windows machines, or should I be looking at
>> >> Windows Server?
>> >> Thanks,
>> >> Igor_______________________________________________
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