Hey Ubuntu fans – ever wanted a domain controller with an LDAP back end for a server but couldn’t bring yourself to run Windows? Well, the guys over at HowtoForge assembled a great how-to guide for setting up a Samba Domain Controller with an OpenLDAP directory that authenticates like a Windows Server 2003 Domain Controller. The Samba LDAP configuration doesn’t make for a fully comparable Windows domain controller, but it does give your Ubuntu server LDAP authentication (so you have that going for you, which is nice). And the author also points out that this setup can be expanded to spread out authentication over multiple networks to include slave servers and Microsoft XP boxes.
(Does the Caddyshack reference make up for the shameless plug?)