LogIn to workstation, way of server....

Posted on 2002-07-22
Last Modified: 2013-12-15
The last thing needed for me to be happy with Linux is...
   How do I make a normal installation of a redhat workstaion use the Linux server for authenticating a login.  I have the windows2k machines doing this fine in my test environment.  I want something like that centralized user control.  The server is of course running Samba.  Can this even be done?  Thanks
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ID: 7171400
you mean login to the linux machine itself (telnet, rlogin, ssh)?
Then use NIS, NIS+ for /etc/{passwd,shadow,group}.
Or you can setup Linux to use LDAP with pam_* modules.

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I mean being able to log in from console.  I just don't want to administrate multiple password/user lists.  Are there any good sites on setting up an NIS service?  All I have seen is making the server-box a client.  Thanks.
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ID: 7172252
if you're just interrested in a quick&dirty solution, where the syncronization is not that importtant,
then you might simply use rsync for these three files
(disadvantages: list *must* be changed on master, and all clients should be of same distribution)
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Author Comment

ID: 7172300
From what I have been reading NIS+ might make a nice solution without to much effort.  From what I have read LDAP tends to be slower?  I can't enforce a uniform release.
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ahoffmann earned 200 total points
ID: 7172366
Then go with NIS+
See /usr/doc/howto for installation

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ID: 7172491
Thanks for the point in the right direction.

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