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Posted on 2002-06-06
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Hi,
I have 7 Caldera OpenLunix 3.1.1 boxes   which each one has different function in our organization.I would like to manage password centerally so one user could be able to reach the each machine with its own rights that sysadm set for him..As I heard ldap/openldap  can do this but I wonder how?
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mutty
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use NIS/NIS+ to distribute the password, group and shadow files
Or setup an (Open)LDAP and switch to LDAP authentification with pam.
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I prefer much deeper info,let's say a howto or an article or a web address as a reference.
If you look at my mail I am saying "I wonder how" at the last centese..
Am I wrong?
thanx
mutty
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AFAIK the best reference is the NIS-HOWTO to be found in
/usr/doc/howto/NIS-HOWTO.gz usually

It's far to complicated to describe all this here for someone who does not know anything about it, sorry.

I suggest you start reading and testing around with a NIS master server, build the NIS database (map files), an appropriate Makefile, and check if it works for your local  machine.
Then you can setup a NIS client, which is much simpler. Just configure your NIS-domain and the /etc/nsswitch.conf, then you should be able to view the files with for example
  ypcat passwd
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thanx for your answer..
As most of the documents wrote ldap is getting popular and has much cross platform support such as Apache and bla bla.
So it means ldap will me my start point.
thanx again..
mutty
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I'd vote for ldap too, nowerdays.
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