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Old 03-24-2010, 10:04 AM   #1
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What's the best approach to create a Linux DC for both linux/windows?

Hello All,

I'm trying to create a Domain Controller using RHEL-5 for a small group of Fedora-X and Windows XP systems. I want single account logons, and systems on a "local" domain. I've read many articles that use LDAP and/or SAMBA in different configuration. Some articles are several years old, and I really don't know which approach is the best for the current tools that exist today. These will all be on a private closed network, so I will have to run local DNS, etc., to support. I would like to be able to set some "group policies" if possible to the client systems. Things like password duration, requirements, etc.

Any suggestions on the "best" plan forward with todays tools?

Thanks in advance!!!
Old 03-24-2010, 10:20 AM   #2
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For the pure linux side, you won't want a domain controller at all, just use openldap. As for the windows side, then you'd need to use winbind (part of Samba) to get them thinking they're joining an AD domain, which can back on to LDAP on the server to access user account details and such. Note that this does not provide any group policy functionality at all. M$ brand these things as a single service, but they're really nothing to do with each other at all.

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Old 03-24-2010, 10:58 AM   #3
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Thanks Chris. I probably should have posted this under the Server fourm instead of software? I've just started to tinker with OpenLDAP, but I've read some on the Samba V4 that suggests it can do it all? Just trying to figure out what design/approach would do the best job for me? I would hate to do down one path only to find I need to scrap that and take another approach. I do want the Windows boxes to "act" like they are logging into an Active Directory. We have some rookie users that need to be led by the hand.

Take Care


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