[K12OSN] one more time

Sharon Betts sbetts at msad71.net
Mon Feb 28 18:13:14 UTC 2005

Hi Petre,
	I am grateful for all your thoughts and help.  I have answered your
questions below.  
In short -- I want to add a linux applicaiton server to an existing
windows network to serve GIMP, SCRIBUS, STAR OFFICE etc.

>It sounds like you have several projects rolled into one here. ;-)
>1. Get LTSP server to use Windows server for authentication.
>2. Get LTSP server to mount users' homedirs that live on Windows server.
>3. Get LTSP server to print to same printers as Windows server.
>4. Get rdesktop working on LTSP server so users can access apps on Win 
>5. Allow Windows clients to run apps from LTSP server (?).
>I wasn't sure if #5 was something you had in mind or not.  
  Yes, to minimize the winders TS cals needed.

>As to the 
>first four items, they're listed in order of decreasing difficulty, but 
>probably in the order you need to get things working in order to pull 
>this transition off.  And I may be incorrect about #1; are you running 
>Active Directory on the Windows server?  
Yes, running Active Directory.  

>Or are the Windows clients just 
>using local authentication (info which is then passed to the Windows 
>server when a user connects to his/her home directory on the Windows 
>server)?  The users care about #2, getting to their files.  You care 
>about #1 because it may affect how you handle #2.  Others may have 
>tackled automatically mounting Windows shares on the LTSP server 
>(anyone?), but I haven't.
>With #3, are the printers all connected directly to the network (they 
>each have their own ethernet jack) or are they connected to a computer 
>which is then connected to the network? 

> In either case, defining the 
>printers on the LTSP server is fairly easy and can be done via cups or 
>webmin.  I would avoid using the print queues on the Windows server as 
>it's unnecessary and just makes the LTSP server dependent on the Windows 
>#4 is just a matter of installing rdesktop on the LTSP server.  Seems to 
>me someone on the list once described setting up icons for users that 
>called rdesktop and specific apps on the Windows server.
>So, if you can clarify #1--that is, do you want the Windows server, 
>where you presumably have all the user IDs and PWs stored, to handle the 
>user authentication for the LTSP server so that you only have to 
>maintain one user store, and is the Windows server running AD--then we 
>can try to figure out what you need to do there, which should then 
>dovetail into #2.  HTH.

Yes to both of these.  We are running Windows DHCP.  
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