[K12OSN] Linux /home, OSX authentication

Shawn Powers spowers at inlandlakes.org
Thu Jun 1 13:11:15 UTC 2006

I'm hoping someone can at least point me in the right direction...

I currently have all my accounts stored on a Linux machine, and I use  
NIS for network authentication.  Due to the vast numbers of OSX  
clients I'll have next year, I want to move authentication to our  
Xserve.  I'm pretty sure all my Linux boxes will authenticate to the  
Xserve happily (correct me if I'm wrong), but I don't want to move my  
document storage away from my really nice Linux RAID machine.

Is it possible to configure OSX server to have clients use a /home  
directory share for their network folder via SMB?  I'm currently  
doing it via NFS to my OSX users, and having the clients authenticate  
via NIS -- but it's really a kludge.  I'd love to have the computer  
mount the home directory via SMB at login, but I'm not sure it can be  

Has anyone done anything like that?

Thanks a ton,

Shawn Powers
Technology Director
Inland Lakes Schools
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FAX: 509-356-7024
spowers at inlandlakes.org
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