Solaris and WinNT

Posted on 1998-09-29
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If I want to administrate users one place, either in WinNT or Solaris, what product are we lookink at ??
I know that Sun are working on Project Cascade, but that's not ready yet. Are there a similar product, that can administrate users from one platform ???
Does anyone have any knowledge of SAMBA and how good it is as a PDC.
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I haven't found a good method of administering both types of machines from one central point..  stick with one workstation for each type of system.. less headaches, and easier access...

re: samba.. I'd avoid it as a PDC.. why use something that's not a native system as a controller for native systems??


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>I haven't found a good method of administering both types of machines from one central >point..  stick with one workstation for each type of system.. less headaches, and easier >access...

Maybe that's work best, but I'm trying to avoid the double administration on both systems. My experience is that double administration is not only double work, but also gives twice as many problems (Users that is not created both places etc.)

>re: samba.. I'd avoid it as a PDC.. why use something that's not a native system as a >controller for native systems??

Have you tried it ?? Did it give you problems ??


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I'm not sure if it's what you are looking for but we do admin of Solaris boxes from NT simply using the telnet program and a program called Solstice NFS Client which allows us to access files on any UNIX server from explorer. If you want access to X applications on your Solaris machine why not use an X Comms package such as Hummingbird eXceed or Solstice Network Client?

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I believe Solstice Network Client has unified logins,NIS+, NFS, and other emulations. This maybe what your looking for. Samba is taught in Sun's NT intergration classes, so I don't think there is any problems with it. I don't personally use samba at work, but I use it on my network at home as a PDC haven't encounter any big problems except for security flaws, but then you have to get through my router and firewall before anything bad happens.I know business environments are different from the home, but I thought I throw in my 2 cents.

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if you insist on doing things from one place, look into the UNIX services for NT.. you can download it from Microsoft.. it provides for NFS mounting of your UNIX systems, and allows you to open a UNIX shell window complete with unix commands on your NT box.. end result is that you can rsh commands to unix systems quite easily.. also, you can synchronize passwords and user accounts through the tool...

good luck

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Most of the options, including Cascade, are versions of the AT&T Advanced Server for Unix, which is an implementation of NT's directory services using source code licensed from Microsoft.  Unfortunately, Microsoft made a settlement with AT&T for an undisclosed sum in order to preclude access to the Active Directory source.
There are two alternatives to the Advanced Server for Unix and its various implementations.  One would be TotalNET Advanced Server from Syntax, which is a clean room implementation of NT domain services.  Another would be to run both platforms under Novell Directory Services (NDS).  If you are not a NetWare shop, you will have to put in one NetWare 5 server, but I believe this can include run-time only versions of NetWare.  Novell will give you as many seats for NDS for Solaris as you have for NDS for NT.  NDS for Solaris uses the Pluggable Authentication Module to redirect all authentication services to NDS, which can replicate natively on your Solaris machine for improved performance.

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