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Active directory like directory services in CENTOS 5.2

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Hai everybody.

I want to create domain using CENTOS 5.2 as domain controller.So, i want to know that what are the directory services (like Active directory) available for Centos 5.2 .
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Top Expert 2009

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have a look this one

http://www.linux.com/feature/58731

but i guess , if you are looking to Centralized usrname and password, another options is LDAp
Top Expert 2009

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its looks like it same as Ldap

have a look this one

http://directory.fedoraproject.org/wiki/Howto:Netgroups#Advanced_Usage__.26_Tips

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ok. Thanks for reply.

I found free IPA while seacning for directory services.I want to know about free IPA. Do you have any idea about it ? Can i install it on Centos 5.2?
Top Expert 2009

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looks like you would be able to

http://www.freeipa.org/page/Downloads

yum install ipa-server

fedora and Centos is Same
Top Expert 2009

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if you want to centralized login system
then you can use,
ldap + nfs
if you need more info i can sent you.

also as @stanimirp said, samba and ldap [ its perfect, but its too hard to configuraiton]

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i want centalized login system with GUI mode.

Are ldap+nfs and samba+nfs better than DIRECTORY SERVER?
Top Expert 2009

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For Centralized Login we use Ldap + nfs

Ldap for Centralized login.

and NFS for sharing file for the home user

Samething you can do

LDAP + Samba : samba is for file sharing and Ldap for centralized login

[ but as i said, ldap + samba is nto that easy as those tutorial said]

you can configure guid base ldap, you need to intall those

omm about Directory server, i never used it

but most company use ldap and samba

have a look this one : for ldap and nfs

http://fedoranews.org/mediawiki/index.php/How_to_setup_and_maintain_OpenLDAP_server_for_your_network#Bonus:_Exporting_LDAP_users_home_folders_with_NFS

This two links will be ideal for You. But there is no graphical installer.

http://download.gna.org/smbldap-tools/docs/samba-ldap-howto/
http://nixbit.com/cat//utilities/samba-console/

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i am trying to install free IPA using yum..But it is giving the following error.

No package ipa-server available.
Top Expert 2009

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Author

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I downloaded the rpm. But i is asking dependencies.So,I want to install it by using yum.
Top Expert 2009

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then you need to resolved those dependenies

go to this site again

http://rpmfind.net/linux/rpm2html/search.php?query=ipa-server

type those dependencies in search bar
it will give you rpm list for those dependencies

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Which ipa-server rpm do i download for centos5.2 ?
Top Expert 2009

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i guess it would be this

ipa-server-1.2.1-3.fc11.i386.rpm

for i386 server

but i am not seeing any rpm for redhat or centos
but it should work.....

give little bit of time, let me have a look of this ipa server

Author

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Ok. Thank you. I shall wait.
Top Expert 2009

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Ok have a look this one for freeipa for redhat

http://freeipa.org/page/Implementing_FreeIPA_in_a_mixed_Environment_(Windows/Linux)_-_Step_by_step

but if you install this from
http://www.freeipa.org/page/Downloads

look bellow there is a tar ball

it should work with Centos aswell

because Fedora, centos and redhat same familly
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The "fast and dirty" answer is "Samba provides complete Domain Controller functions in Centos 5.2"

Basically, you are running Linux (any distro) and you want your Linux to act like a Windows Domain Server... well, Linux has (because of roadblocks setup intentionally by Microsoft) has had some problems replicating ALL of the features of Active Directory.  But, if you look back in time a little ways, you'll see that before Active Directory, we had Windows Domains (with "Primary Domain Controllers" and "Backup Domain Controllers"... or PDCs and BDCs.

Samba, the package that lets your Linux System "speak Windows", can be configured to be a Windows PDC. No special programs to add to Windows, not even any special things to add to Linux -- just Samba. In fact, Windows systems "think" they're connecting to a Windows NT Domain Controller (which are still in much wider use than Microsoft would like to admit!)
 
Samba as a PDC can support:
 - Unified logins
 - Roaming Profiles (even for Vista)
 - Access-controlled file/directory shares
 - MANY more options -- see below

Look here (in the Samba Documentation) for the HOWTO on setting up your Samba as a PDC:
  http://www.samba.org/samba/docs/man/Samba-HOWTO-Collection/samba-pdc.html

It's easy, it's stable (it's been a feature of Samba since version 2.2!), and it requires NOTHING from your Windows users (well, nothing more than if they were connecting to a Windows server!)

I hope this helps!

Dan
IT4SOHO

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