linux authentication with Windows Active Directory
Hello all, this is my first post here and I hope that it is in the right place. I am an IT guy who has been using Microsoft products since the early 80's, but I am new to Linux and excited about the prospects of utilizing it for a workstation at the office.
My question is this...Is there an easy to get a Linux box to authenticate with Active Directory? I have 2 servers at the office running Windows Server 2003 and would need to be able to authenticate to the network for Linux to be a viable workstation choice for me.
Again, I apologize if this is not the correct place for this question...if not, then let me know where to post such questions in the future.
I searched the forum for Active Directory Authentication and found pages full of complicated setups, but I need to know if there is a GUI way or some simpler way.
By the way, I just removed Windows from my home desktop, my personal laptop, and my netbook and replaced them with versions of GNU/Linux (prefer Debian-based at this time, such as Ubuntu, Mint, etc...go GNU/Linux!!