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Old 12-29-2004, 11:55 AM   #1
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Question General Strategy for switching Windows -> Linux network?


I just have to ask because slowly I run out of options...

The final goal for the moment is to migrate a company's (TV station, video production etc.) small computer network from mainly WinNT/98 to Linux/WinXP. Linux for standard office needs (OpenOffice, Mozilla) and some Windows boxes for special applications (the video/audio and cutting stuff mainly, then a WinNT SGI Visual Workstation for rendering since this machine will only boot NT, and some finance software), additionally a Linux graphics workstation (blender, gimp, broadcast 2000 maybe... we'll see what else) and a CD/DVD copy station. And, of course, a central linux file server. And a small squid/printing server.
I thought about a simple solution which fulfills all the following needs:
1. Central management for all passwords (like in a Windows Domain).
2. Roaming profile would be nice but is not really necessary.
3. Single File Server with per-user and per-group security options.
4. Only one login for the user at the workstation which will unlock the computer and the allowed network shares (I will not be able to explain every user that he/she needs a desktop and a network login since they change so often).
5. Only one login for Windows and Linux. The users will have lots of trouble remembering ONE password... (at the moment, some of them are even using lastname/firstname combinations as windows login/password...).

I experimented a little with the new server and a sample client machine to find out how to do it best (since I'm quite a newbie), but somehow I'm not getting around the corner. And that's why I'm asking here... :-D

Would someone who successfully did what I'm planning please make a short notice about how this can be achieved - is Samba my first choice or should I have a two-way-authentication somehow... as you see, I'm a bit lost at the moment... please show me the direction where to go :-)

Best wishes and many thanks in advance,


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