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Old 08-29-2005, 11:02 AM   #1
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Switching from Active Directory to Linux

Hi, i am looking at switching a computer network over to Linux which curreltly runs Active Directory. I was wondering about the following

1. What alternatives does Linux offer?
2. How would i migrate across?
3. What problems can occur?

Thanks for any information.
Old 08-29-2005, 12:02 PM   #2
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sounds like you're expecting a 100 page white paper on AD to OpenLDAP migration... not gonna happen i'm afraid! But as above... you will be looking at using OpenLDAP, and so you'll need to refer to their documentation for details.
Old 08-29-2005, 01:01 PM   #3
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Active Directory is an implementation of LDAP standards. But i'm not aware of how strictly Mickeysoft adhered to LDAP guidelines.

So ur natural choice of migration shud be OpenLDAP.

But mind you, in Windoze Active Directory adminstration is a no-brainer. ie. u can pick it up very easily. But configuring and administring OpenLDAP in Linux is a very complex task.You need to get a grasp of underlying concepts of LDAP [ atleast the basics]....and i guess it is a steep learning curve.But at the end you will be knowing so much about LDAP that u din't know while using AD.

a small window into the world of LDAP..........
Start here:

and delve deeper...
Old 08-30-2005, 10:24 AM   #4
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