We have a complete windows environment. The setup is as follows:
2 Domain Controllers (Win2k3 machines), one of them is used as DHCP and DNS server as well.
2 File Servers (Win2K3 Server machines)
1 Proxy Server (ISA server 2004)
100+ Windows XP machines.
We use group policies to define the User Rights over the network. It works fine for our requirement, we are planning another setup and for this to reduce the investment we are thinking to use Linux.
Our desktop OS will remain Windows XP / Windows 7 but can we replace Windows servers with Linux? The roll of these server OS will remain same, we want one or two machine for user authentication and grant & limit a user permissions on the network based on his profile e.g. admin, marketing, developer, designer etc. Define/set home directory
Please provide a tutorial link that can help us implement this or guide us what best we can do with our limited Linux knowledge.