What's the better user authentication server (Linux Samba, NIS, Win AD, etc)?

What's the better user authentication server (Linux Samba, NIS, Win AD, etc)?

Post by edilist » Wed, 14 Apr 2004 04:22:09


I'm the system admin for a university, and the actual user server
is Windows 2000 Server + Active Directory. Now, I have clients
Win NT 4 Workstation, Win 2000, Win XP and Linux (Conectiva and
Fedora distributions).

Then, I'd like to change Windows 2000 Server to Linux Server.
What's the better solution for user server?

1st) Linux Samba: I think it's better for Windows clients, but
for Linux clients I didn't see an easy way for these to connect
to Linux Server Samba. I'd like that the user login window would
try to connect directly into server, not locally, and to map the
network user home dir automatically to local /home/<user> dir.

2nd) A hibrid system, with Linux Samba Server for Windows clients
and a NIS/NFS ou LDAP Server for Linux clients. Is this solution
possible? Is it so integrated between client and servers?

3rd) Is there some other solution to solve this? And a solution
with only a single user server, not many server applications?

1. Linux Samba Client on Linux Samba Server

2. Linux NIS Server with Solaris NIS Client

I have a Linux NIS server setup that appears to work just fine, however
when I try to use a Solaris client the password is not accepted.

I know NIS is working fine because if I use an encrypted password from
the Solaris shadow file by pasting into the Linux shadow file the NIS
client works perfect. However if I generate a password on Linux the
NIS client fails.

The Linux NIS server creates a much longer encryped password compared
to the Solaris client.

I'm using SuSE 9.2 and Solaris 2.6.

Is there a way to make Solaris recognize the longer Linux encryption or
else make the Linux encryption shorter?


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