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Re: [K12OSN] Samba setup w/ ldap vs NIS/NT domain

We have a test iplanet directory server up and running.  We are doing
roaming profiles with the iplanet server and clients using  netscape.
A couple test users  enter their context in the preference section of
netscape roaming access. Their bookmarks, cookies, addressbooks etc...
follow them to other computers wherever they may go!  THey just have to
put in their correct directory server context.  Works great and it took
very little to setup. I just followed the directions on roaming access
located on the netscape site.

The way I am learning/learned  ldap is through the iplanet directory
server. I tried to pull things from openldap, but found lots of holes in
my understanding. Since we have a sun server the iplanet directory server
was free and I must say the directions were very good.  There is a
sysadmin web page and X software package for DS management.  I did find
this to be a little easier than trying to piece together the openldap
documentation. Once I caught on the rest seems to be  easy.  Also, I do
have limited knowledge in perl and sed-awk.  Just enough to be dangerous
and get the job done.    These tools helped me create the ldif files I
needed to upload the info to the DS.  Besides having these skills for
ldap purposes they are just good skills to carry around! iplanet makes a
directory server for linux and it goes by Netscape Directory Server.  I do
believe you can download a trial from the iplanet web page. Given our
situation we will probably end up using both iplanet and openldap.

Good luck learning ldap.  It took me a little to get use to it.  You will
need to spend some time with it!  However, the rewards will be great.


Mike Danahy
NOC Director Education Service Unit #2
Fremont, NE

On Mon, 15 Apr 2002, Eric Harrison wrote:

> X-UID: 7858
> On Tue, 16 Apr 2002, James Jensen wrote:
> >I'm very much interested in continuing the model that I have however it
> >would *really* make my life easier if usernames & passwords were to be
> >automatically synced between Samba & Linux.  It sounds like LDAP would solve
> >this (and maybe other issues as well).
> The nice part is that the Linux account info & the Samba account info are
> not "synced" with the LDAP backend, the Linux & Samba account info are both
> *pulled* out of the single LDAP backend. There is nothing to sync, it's all
> in the same backend. One place for it all to work, one place for it all to
> break ;-)
> >I'm sure not a few would be very interested in resolving this automated sync
> >issue, so here goes:
> >1. What will it take to set up a Samba+LDAP server or is there an easier way
> >to sync between Samba and Linux?
> "easier" depends on the scale.
> With a large scale deployment, I'd say that the work I had to put into merging
> all of my account info into an OpenLDAP backend was definately worth it.
> With a few small servers it'd probably be too much overhead to justify given
> the current tools and documentation available.
> >2. Any advice for making this task less daunting for those of us who have
> >limited to no experience with LDAP?
> Well I wish I had a good answer for this one. I certainly see the value in
> it and want to help make it more accessible. It is *hard* getting your mind
> around how a directory server works and integrating into your network. It's
> even more challenging trying to "package" it up so that it is easy to
> implement who have limited to no experience.
> I think that a good, solid, easy to implement directory server is the next
> stop towards World Domination ;-)
> If anyone has a directory server up and running, I'd love it if you'd post
> here to the list what you are using, how you are using it, what tools you use
> to manage it, and any opinions/tips you have to offer.
> -Eric
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