This is a tough one.... atleast I think it is.
See I am faced with a task of implementing a scalable solution for a college (univ rather) and because I am also a student at that univ my experience is --- i can say, lacking. i have understood the indivisual technologies but I am having difficulties marrying them together.
So here goes....
WE will be obtaining a central file server called (a.k.a NFS server) which will be the place where every one can store their files. This is primarily being done so that students will not face any trouble if they sit on different computers on different lab days (they can retrieve their work.) Also they will have the facility to take backups and all.
So that is one part. I also read abt LDAP authentication possibility in Linux. WE can authenticate users against (say, ldap.ex.edu) but how and why is that system to be used. Suppose a student walks up to a node (say A) and then successfully logs in using his unifies login/password (also used for email, web portal, forum, etc.) then what kind of things he has to do to get his files back from the NFS server. Isnt the local harddisk being totally wasted by this design??? I am not too clear abt this.
Our labs will be totally linux based so I need all the help I can get from the Linux gurus because I have bet that this can be transparently implemented in Linux.... Cant it???