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Old 11-06-2006, 04:10 AM   #1
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Lightbulb Samba + Winbind

Hi all,

Trying to get some information on how to get Windows + Linux machines running in a network to have a single authentication method.

Looking into using OpenLDAP as a means. If anyone knows on how to achieve this please enlighten me.

Thank you.
Old 11-06-2006, 01:41 PM   #2
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I've been tossing around the same idea, and from what I can tell, you're looking at three things to be configured in order for Linux and Active Directory to play nice. You need Kerberos, LDAP, and Samba. AD needs to be tweaked a little bit, since Microsoft has added quite a few proprietary features to their implimentation of LDAP, as well as Kerberos. You're also going to need Samba to communicate between the Linux portion of your network and the AD portion. The idea in this case is to get the Linux and Windows machines to authenticate via the AD domain, using Kerberos and Samba, and to use something like OpenLDAP as your preferred directory service for the Linux machines, in order to match up with Microsoft's LDAP implimentation in AD.

Since I'm fairly new to Linux, in comparison to my Windows experience, I'm still learning all of this as I go. I can, however point you in the direction of a good book to pick up if you're interested in making some of these scenarios work. Linux in a Windows World by O'Reilly Press is a very good reference to get an idea of what you need to create a truly integrated Windows/Linux network environment. Like I said, it has a lot to do with installing the proper services on Linux, and tweaking the standardized features of AD, in order to create a network that can communicate with the least amount of fuss.
Old 11-06-2006, 01:56 PM   #3
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Samba actually provides really good literature on this particular subject

There's a pretty good white paper on authentication here

I wish you the best in your endeavors
Old 11-07-2006, 12:24 AM   #4
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Thank you so much Reptile & ITintuition.

Both of your posts had been a good start. Now for some serious into the topics and links given.



active directory, kerberos, openldap, samba, winbind

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