[K12OSN] directory services in a linux centric cross platform workstation environment

Rob Owens rowens at ptd.net
Fri Apr 17 23:00:18 UTC 2009

I've used openldap/samba in the past, but not in a production environment.  I used the smbldap-installer script on
Debian Etch, and have used both LAM and Webmin to manage it.  It took a lot of learning to set it up (which I am glad I
did), but it's pretty easy to let a newbie Linux admin manage things with either of those two GUIs.  I never did much
with it besides creating users and groups, though, so I can't comment on the ease of any other LDAP features.


On Thu, Apr 16, 2009 at 10:12:33AM -0700, Hoover Chan wrote:
> The subject line is quite a mouthful but that's pretty much the question I'm mulling over right now.
> I've been bombarded by proponents of Active Directory for Windows and Open Directory for the Macintosh with all the different neat network applications that become easy to implement and manage if only I switch the servers to the appropriate platform. Does anyone here have a mostly Macintosh and Windows workstation environment that integrates well with an OpenLDAP type Linux centric server? If so, how hard is it to build?
> A lot of my colleagues at different schools locally seem to come from using AD as their core directory service and then "bend" everything to adapt to that. I'd hate to be forced into building a Windows server just for AD...
> Thanks in advance.
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