[K12OSN] Eureka! Samba/LDAP is a piece of cake to set up now!

dahopkins at comcast.net dahopkins at comcast.net
Fri Jan 21 15:59:46 UTC 2005

This is great.  I already have LDAP/Samba 2.2.x, and would love to use this to bring a second LDAP server online.  But I have been dreading the Samba 2 - 3 migration.  Have you tested using it to bring in a second LDAP server into a network that already has an operational LDAP setup?

Dave Hopkins

> Hello everyone!  
> This is sooooo  cooool!  Many folks have struggled over the past 2 years
> to get Samba/LDAP servers up and running based on the how-to I had posted
> on my site (along with other how-to's as well).  Steve Kossakoski of SAU
> 16 in Exeter, NH had the vision of putting the whole thing into a script
> and brought a talented programmer into the fold to help put the idea into
> practice.  With Matt Oquist doing the code...Art Reardon, Tech director of
> SAU 16, doing the testing, and myself doing testing and the
> documentation....we have managed to pull together an awesome Samba/LDAP
> installer package that makes installing Samba/LDAP on your server a
> practically idiot-proof process.  In fact, I encourage you to see for
> yourself!  You can see the how-to doc online at 
> http://web.vcs.u52.k12.me.us/linux/smbldap/index.htm   
> Once there click one of the links at the top to download the
> smbldap-installer package.  Simply untar the package and the run the
> script!  It is primarily designed at this point to run on FC3 or K12LTSP
> 4.2.  Set up a sandbox and give it a whirl....I think you'll be astounded
> as to how easy it is to set up!  Simply answer a few easy questions and
> the script sets everything up for you....including running authconfig and
> setting up an export of /home (should you say so).  Also included are some
> VERY cool scripts for creating usernames and adding users in bulk to the
> server.  In fact, with a little planning it could very well be the easiest
> user creation you've ever done!  All of the user creation scripts are
> explained in detail near the end of the how-to.  Check it out....let us
> know how it works for you!  I can honestly say...I had a fully functional
> Samba/LDAP server up and running with users added in less than 20 mins. 
> (not including the install of the OS)  Wheeeee!   Very special thanks to
> Matt for his awesome coding skills......and to Steve and Art for thier
> support, vision, and testing.  You all ROCK!
> PS....if you do not have all the necessary files installed...the script
> will prompt you for the CD and install the rpms for you!  :-)  See?  I
> told you it was easy!
> Wondering what a Samba/LDAP server is?  A centralized point of
> authentication regardless of OS.  In my school...all my users live on the
> Samba/LDAP server and all the other servers authenticate to the Samba/LDAP
> server.  All user home directories and profiles are accessible regardless
> of platform....Windows, Linux, OS X....all work fine.  Adding a server to
> the network?  No problem...simply point it to the Samba/LDAP server and
> away you go!  Samba handles the Windows side of things and LDAP handles
> the rest....very cool!
> David N. Trask
> Technology Teacher/Coordinator
> Vassalboro Community School
> dtrask at vcs.u52.k12.me.us
> (207)923-3100
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