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Old 03-15-2015, 06:44 AM   #1
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Samba4 vs OpenLDAP vs FreeIPA - what's the best for debian network?


Hello, I want to deploy some AD-like login and user management. All devices in network use Linux (Debian, 5-10 workstations).
The first idea is to use Samba4 because everyone is talking about how it is AD-compliant, but I think it's not needed, because there's no windows workstations, and it gives additional windows-specific tools and protocols like netbios, etc.

Next thought is, that FreeIPA is good idea, but I don't see it in Debian's repos (only sid).
I could try to install it from sid, but I'm afraid it's not stable and production ready. I see it stable only in RedHat family (centos/fedora).
What is more, freeipa-client is not even in jessie's repo. I heard about sssd as a client in Debian for FreeIPA.

The last idea is to use OpenLDAP. I'm sure it's supported by Debian very well, but I'm afraid of lack of integration with other tools like kerberos, etc. I've got ntp, dns, dhcp, some file sharing, etc. done right now without ldap, so I don't really need all that additional stuff.

Is using Centos/Fedora is only way to have FreeIPA?
Is it possible and supported to use Debian as client of FreeIPA?

Do you have any advice on the best way to do this?
 
Old 03-15-2015, 07:11 PM   #2
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My recommendation would be IPA but I'm not sure what state it's in for Debian, the client is simply a helper script that will install and configure the required services such as ntp, ldap, kerberos etc ... nothing you couldn't do manually.
 
Old 03-15-2015, 08:07 PM   #3
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It depends on if you need single sign on vs. just network authentication. We use just plain old OpenLDAP at work with over 700 clients that are various sorts of Linux (no Windows, but one guinea pig iMac with OS X is set to authenticate with OpenLDAP). However, we just need a single authentication and authorization source, not single sign on. If you need single sign on or suspect you might want it in the future, then I agree FreeIPA is the way to go. If, however, you just need a common repository for user information, IMO you can't beat the simplicitly of regular old OpenLDAP. I decided against FreeIPA for the exact reason you mentioned -- it wants to have control over too many other services that I already had running well. Plus, I didn't really need the single sign on (it would have been nice, but not a deal-breaker).
 
  


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