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Hi,
  I have around 50 servers to support and don't want to use nis nor nis+.  I would like certain users to use certain servers and admin to use secure servers.  Is there a software out there that allow me to sync all the password file on all servers beside nis and nis+?

thanks in advance
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by:filiep
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If your are using Solaris 8, you can use LDAP

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by:chris_calabrese
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That's true, but why don't you want to use NIS+?
It seems like it fits the bill quite nicely.
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That's true, but why don't you want to use NIS+?
It seems like it fits the bill quite nicely.
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by:usaperl
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no ldap, nis or nis+?
is there a software out there we can use to sync up the shadow file?
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Yes, it's called NIS/NIS+.

Seriously, what's the unerlying issue here?  Is it security?  Administatibility?  Or FUD?

NIS is easy to admin, though not terribly secure.

NIS+ is pretty secure if setup properly, though harder to setup properly.
Similar for LDAP.

Meanwhile, another option is to have one system as the "master" and have it push out its password and shadow files to the slaves via rdist or rsync (preferably over  SSH).
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by:usaperl
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Ok.  I just push the shadow file then, but this does not solve the problem of allow only certain users to certain servers.

thanks
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by:chris_calabrese
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This will work the way you want if you have only certain people on in each password file but push out the whole shadow file.

But meanwhile, I still don't understand why you don't want to use NIS, NIS+, or LDAP.  This is exactly the type of problems they solve best.

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