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Old 12-09-2011, 11:41 PM   #1
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LINUX domain


Hi all

i wanted to create a domain server on linux. some of clients are on linux and some are on windows.what are the possible solutions. only some hints please.

thanks in advance
 
Old 12-10-2011, 01:15 AM   #2
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I have never set up a domain controller, but I know that Samba is the Linux-Windows glue for such a network. I've seen How-to documents/tutorials/walk-throughs online that discuss setting Linux up as a Primary Domain Controller. Check the Samba site's documentation and Google a bit. I'm sure you'll find something.

If you have some specific features that your domain controller must provide, then you'll need to do some research. Last time I checked, Samba did not implement all the features that you might find in a native Windows Domain Controller.
 
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Old 12-10-2011, 12:58 PM   #3
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I have never set up a domain controller, but I know that Samba is the Linux-Windows glue for such a network. I've seen How-to documents/tutorials/walk-throughs online that discuss setting Linux up as a Primary Domain Controller. Check the Samba site's documentation and Google a bit. I'm sure you'll find something.

If you have some specific features that your domain controller must provide, then you'll need to do some research. Last time I checked, Samba did not implement all the features that you might find in a native Windows Domain Controller.


thanks for reply as you say samba is best for linux-windows system but i am searching for linux-linux domain.
 
Old 12-10-2011, 01:26 PM   #4
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but i am searching for linux-linux domain
Well, I'm confused. You say you're looking for a linux-linux domain, but your first post says:

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some of clients are on linux and some are on windows.
As far as I understand it, you can't have a linux-linux domain when you have Windows clients. If you have Windows clients, they will need to communicate with a Windows-style domain controller.

So, you might want to clarify exactly what you need for anyone else that might want to help.


If you are trying a linux-linux domain, you might want to consider a Kerberos-OpenLDAP combination. Kerberos provides the centralized authentication, OpenLDAP provides the information framework for management. At least, that's my basic understanding. I'm trying to set something like that up myself.

Also, if I remember correctly, Windows clients are supposed to support Kerberos authentication somehow. I don't know the details because I don't have any Windows clients. I only mention that because, as I mentioned earlier, you said some clients will run Windows.

EDIT:
There is also NIS and NIS+. I think I read somewhere that NIS(+) is the "standard" solution for a pure linux environment. Though, I did not look into it much.

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Old 12-10-2011, 02:12 PM   #5
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I think some clarification is needed.

Are you looking to set up a DNS server, or a Windows Domain Controller?

If the former, as I suspect, then there are numerous resources describing the process in some detail all over the net. Most use BIND but there are other options such as Unbound, etc.
 
Old 12-10-2011, 08:59 PM   #6
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Assuming you are looking for something analogous to a Windows domain as in "primary domain controller," you might want to take a look at LDAP.
 
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Hi all

i wanted to create a domain server on linux. some of clients are on linux and some are on windows.what are the possible solutions. only some hints please.

thanks in advance
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Old 12-11-2011, 11:45 PM   #8
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thanks for reply to all of you.

as above hints. For linux-windows domain we use samba. and for linux-linux domain we can use LDAP and NIS.
 
  


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