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I am running OpenSUSE 10.3 on my desktop. Is there a tool that will allow me to manage my Active Directory users, etc.. natively, other than using RDP to the actual domain controller?
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If by natively, you mean microsoft supported, no.  You can attempt to use an ldap management tool such as:
http://ldaptool.sourceforge.net/

However, generating passwords here will not be the same as setting them using AD Management tools on Windows.  You could attempt to install the windows 2003 admin pack with wine on linux but I am not sure how successful that will be:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=E487F885-F0C7-436A-A392-25793A25BAD7&displaylang=en

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By natively, I meant without Wine or VMWare. I'll check out these options. Thanks.
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With a normal AD management tool that I linked above, you can edit normal text records in AD.  I have done this with success.  However, to edit the passwords, you'll need to generate an NTLM hashed password externally to get the password in a format that is compatible with windows.  This gets somewhat technical and involved but you can pretty easily generate this password.   Check this link out for more information about NTLM:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NTLM

In a nutshell, it is an md4 hash.   You can then take a password and get your md4 value like this:
[terry@server ~]# echo "my$password" | md4sum
e63aa8d198f5b16ae31f8836260ae2e5

Also, look at the field in ldap/ad, it might be formatted like NTLM{e63aa8d198f5b16ae31f8836260ae2e5}
(or something similar).
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