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Old 05-14-2003, 02:03 PM   #1
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Directory Services for Linux?


Hello,

I'm still kind of new to Linux and I'm curious about how to or even if it's possible to set up directory services in Linux.

I've been hired for a company starting next week and I may be doing computer work although that's not why I was hired.

Right now, they are running a Novel network and I know Novell has NDS to enable an admin to see each user, computer, and printer on the network. Does Linux have a GUI tool to do the same thing to ease administration if a new user comes in having to add them to the directory?

Or would I have to create a custom shell script to prompt a user to enter a password and sync that with the smbpasswd file if using a Windows environment?

Thanks.
 
Old 05-14-2003, 05:36 PM   #2
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The product your going to need is Zenworks for Novell.

The concepts of networking with Linux and Novell don't even compare.

Really can't believe you found a company still running the all most dead

Operating System.

I would of expected the company you worked for would have moved to a

more flexible network. What I mean is it took far to long for Novell to go to

Tcp/ip from IPX/SPX. Infact Novell just recently went to the capability of

loading the server without a prior operating system already installed.


Good Luck,

But I'm definitely against the idea of using Novell OS to expensive and limited hardware support.
 
Old 05-14-2003, 05:40 PM   #3
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Okay, thanks. However, you really didn't answer my question. If I decide to scrap the Novell server and go to Linux, does Linux have a directory services like NDS or Active Directory that I could use? I'm not saying that I would ever use either one, but it's just a question.

Oh, and by the way, you'd be surprised how many companies are still using Novell. I think Novell 6 does support TCP/IP, doesn't it?

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Old 05-14-2003, 05:42 PM   #4
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At work we are currently scrapping Novell and moving to ldap (when I have time):
http://www.openldap.org
 
Old 05-14-2003, 05:45 PM   #5
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LDAP is not a type of server platform, but rather only a protocol. May I ask, how would that help me?
 
Old 05-14-2003, 05:54 PM   #6
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Quote:
Originally posted by scottpioso
LDAP is not a type of server platform, but rather only a protocol. May I ask, how would that help me?
From what your were saying I thought you were looking for a way to list people places and devices in a tree form. Using LDAP you can have a central point where you can authenticate users to windows machines, e-mail etc as well as storing their contact details.

There are plenty of GUI tools for administrering ldap such as "LDAP Browser/Editor":
http://www.iit.edu/~gawojar/ldap/
which is a java applet that runs on windows and linux.

Sorry if I am wrong - I must have misinterpretted your post.
 
Old 05-14-2003, 05:55 PM   #7
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If you know ldap you know about the tree(s)
it implements? :)

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Old 05-14-2003, 06:24 PM   #8
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Thanks, David, yes you were right. Anyway, it's a ways off. I was just gettting some basic general info for now. I'm sure I'll need more help as the time comes. Thanks.

So, is this what MS active directory uses?

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Old 05-15-2003, 02:45 AM   #9
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So, is this what MS active directory uses?
No I don't think so but samba can run as a PDC and samba can authenticate to ldap. This is the system that I am currently trying to implement (as well as intoducing a new e-mail system that will use ldap and redesigning our intranet and web sites.) Tarballed is also trying to get samba running as a PDC with ldap - it may be worth while looking into some of his recent threads.
 
  


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