Samba x NIS x LDAP in a pure client/server Linux env

Discussion in 'Linux Networking' started by Edilmar Alves, Apr 23, 2004.

  1. Hi,

    I have to mount a laboratory with pure Linuxes (clients and servers).
    What's the better solution for user authentication server?
    1- Samba Server
    2- NIS/NFS
    3- LDAP
    I need Linux clients to connect to Linux server for user authentication
    and to map automatically the network home dir.
    Edilmar Alves, Apr 23, 2004
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  2. Edilmar Alves

    OneSolution Guest

    NIS/NFS is old and works, but is a BIG pain to work with. The setting up
    portion is fairly straight forward. Build the NIS maps, configure the
    clients to point to a server, setup the domain names, and pus the maps out.
    The problem comes up when there are timeouts on the network, and stale file
    handles with NFS.

    Samba works great for me. I have my Windows and my UNIX clients
    authenticating. But then my UNIX clients are RedHat Linux 9 and come out of
    the box with SAMBA authentication.

    I haven't worked with LDAP authentication in this sort of environment, but
    I've heard it's probably the most flexible and has the greatest growth

    Good luck.
    OneSolution, Apr 27, 2004
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