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recommend secure & efficient Unix LDAP (equiv of Windows AD)

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UNIX ID Management/Administration is one of the most tedious job since we have to login interactively to each of the server when there is a request to create/delete a sysadmin (or apps support) user in the hundreds of Unix servers.

We have AIX, Sparc Solaris 10 & 11 & a few Solarix Intel & a few RHEL : almost all of them are physical ie non-VM.

Our compliance privileged user management & access tool is CyberArk (ie sysadmins have to go thru it)

A few options:

a) have a centralized tool like HPSA or Nagios which we could centrally send a "useradd" or "userdel" command
     to the servers : but this is not as good as wintel AD-like solution because accounts are still locally created
     & every 60-90 days have to login manually by the owners to change password.
     Also, in Solaris, root accounts that expire will cause root cron jobs to fail

b) years ago I heard of Sun's NIS+ solution but this can't be used with AIX & RHEL or can it?

c) solution must not have adverse impact or unwieldy to apps like Oracle DB, Oracle Financials,
    TripWire, Netbackup
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Will NIS solution ease the issue of expired root causing root cron jobs to fail in Solaris,
such as allowing us to change root password centrally?
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Can oracle, tripwire & Netbackup accounts be migrated from local accounts
to NIS accounts without the need to reinstall these apps?
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Are you refereeing to OS accounts or application / DB accounts?

OS accounts (usernames) can be.
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to answer your other question, users will be managed centrally.
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I'm referring to OS accounts (eg: oracle that could be found in /etc/passwd)


Internally, some parties prefer to use a Wintel solution;  is there any product that
runs on Wintel that could perform such UNIX LDAP for AIX, Solaris & RHEL?
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