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Old 02-11-2008, 09:04 AM   #1
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Hello Everyone,

Well let me start off by saying I have always come to this site for my linux questions for years. But lets get to the point why I am posting today. I know the info is out there, and most likely here just not sure on how to word the search term or what to look under. I want to pull my windows network down and move over to 100% linux. But the thing is that I want a network login at startup like windows, server would auth, and what permissions the user has before login. Basically same idea as windows network login but I would like to do this through linux. I am not going to use any windows shares or anything else on my network with windows. I want to be 100% linux.

Could someone please point me in the right direction to learning about this or a good book on this area. Not asking for this to be done for me, I want to learn this on my own.

Thanks in advance.
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When you're installing for the first time for the majority of the distributions you'll be asked to make administrator username (in case of linux is "root") and another normal user with limited permissions. You can offcourse change the permissions and create other users with whatever permissions you want with the user "root".

Whenever you boot into linux the first screen is always asking for you to enter username and password. Is this what are you looking for?

You can create users with the command "adduser". Whenever you'll want to know other parameters about adduser just try "man adduser".
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More NIS

Kerberos LDAP Authentication

Central authentication server HOWTO

theres a couple options for you to look at..

Windows Active Directory is a LDAP / Kerberos based system (with proprietary modifications), so the LDAP links here would be more along the lines of the way windows does things, while the NIS/PAM setup would probably be a bit easier to implement.


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