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Old 09-10-2005, 01:45 AM   #1
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active directory like service in linux

I understand that active directory service in windows allows users to access network wide resources irrespective of their geographic locations.
I am unaware of how it is done in linux. I read some articles on ldap which say that they are used for building "a centralized repository of e-mail addresses", but my problem is that,
our organisation has 2 linux servers at different geograhic locations and it is needed that users can access any one of the linux servers from any place. i.e, it shouldn't matter where their account is created... but, their account information should be "replicated" at both the locations. how is this done? does ldap play a part in this?

Please give me some basic "clues" to pick up from.
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well AD is just microsofts implementation of the ldap standards. whilst M$ obviously ends up deviating from these strandards horrifically, the base functionality should still be there just fine. have a decent look through openldap and you should find what you're after no problem
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how to integrate?

Is there any possibility of an integerated solution? (as my org. has both window$ and Linux machines). For example, to have a centralized directory service.....
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LDAP is designed for cross-platform use.

As with most Microsoft-ware they don't like to acknowledge the existence of "other" software, but it will work with them...
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I would say to look at a migration from MS AD to Novell ZenWorks/NetWare... can manage Windows and Linux clients..

Obviously this is a very drastic move... but it should play nicely in a heterogeneous network.


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