[K12OSN] david trask:re sme7 dans and ldap

Julian Yap julian_yap at yahoo.com
Mon Feb 13 18:27:32 UTC 2006

On Mon, 2006-02-13 at 10:04 -0800, Hoover Chan wrote:
> I've decided to bite the bullet and go LDAP of some kind to integrate my 
> network of Macs, Windows and Linux.
> Can anyone point me to a how-to that starts you with a standard 
> /etc/passwd and shadow combination and goes through the conversion to LDAP?
> Any other pointers to useful documentation?
> Thanks.

I've only been on this list for a short while but I think there should
be a K12OSN Wiki setup because a lot of the questions I read tend to be
of the same variety and could be solved by checking there first.  For
example, MANY questions are in regards to K12LTSP and sound.  Just an
observation.  Thoughts?

To integrate your Windows, Macs and Linux machines to central
authentication, you can't use LDAP alone.  You can for you Linux and
Macs(?) because they are posix compliant.  Windows clients however
require a Samba server for authentication.

This leads us to using a Samba server, tying LDAP as the backend (as
opposed to Samba's out of the box tdb (Trivial Database) solution).

You then end up with this diagram:

As for documentation, I'd recommend:
Samba-3 by Example
 - http://samba.org/samba/docs/man/Samba-Guide/
The Linux Samba3-OpenLDAP Howto
 - http://www.idealx.org/prj/samba/smbldap-howto.en.html

Some people on this list have come up with Samba/LDAP How-To using Samba
v.3 (http://web.vcs.u52.k12.me.us/linux/smbldap/).

This should get you going.

- Julian

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