Domain Administration in Linux

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Happy New year All!! Please may I be directed appropriately on what tools to use in Mandrake Linux to manage a domain, just as Active Directory is used for Windows. I also want to know if this can this can be used to administer a windows domain. Thanks
ASKED: December 29, 2006  9:47 AM
UPDATED: January 5, 2007  6:03 AM

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You could use Samba 3.0 to setup a Windows NT like domain, but Linux doesn’t have anything comparable to Active Directory at this point. There is a thesis that has been written about using Samba 4 (the version under development) as an Active Directory DC, but since it’s not out yet, you’re out of luck there. I don’t know of any other works that have been completed that allow a Linux machine to talk to the Windows environment, but there may be others. Samba has probably come the closest to doing it and is by far the most popular.

The thesis mentioned is located here: http://samba.org/samba/news/articles/abartlet_thesis.pdf

The Samba site is: http://us2.samba.org/samba/

Mandriva/Mandrake has samba RPMs that you can install. You can either use Webmin or edit the configuration files manually to configure it. Mandriva also has RPMs for installing webmin.

Hope this helps,
SF

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  • Swiftd
    If you have an existing Active Directory server, you can use rdesktop to connect to the DC. However, I don't know of any way to "manage the AD Domain" itself besides connecting to the DC using the remote desktop application. SD
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  • Double
    Samba is the glue between Linux & Windows world. A Samba server can work as just a workgroup server, a domain server with authentication or domain server without authentication (in case you already have a Windows/LDAP server for user authentication). It also has support for roaming profiles. I have been using Samba as a domain manager for a couple of years and in a number of organisations. Its fast, secure and very stable but is limited only to WinNT type of domain. Samba 4 is expected to correct that, but don't hold your horses till its released - if you need a stable environment goin for Samba today.
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