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Setting up Open Enterprise Server as a Primary Domain Controller

Novell Cool Solutions: Feature
By Justin Grote

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Posted: 18 May 2006

Open Enterprise Server's implementation of Samba contains an addon that allows samba to authenticate against the eDirectory Universal Password. By extension, this addon can be utilized to provide a NT4-style Primary Domain Controller to allow Windows and other Samba computers to join the domain and access their computer using their eDirectory username and password. This makes yet one less username/password to remember and keep in sync, thanks to the power of eDirectory.


  1. Benefits
  2. Limitations
  3. Known Issues
  4. Requirements
  5. Assumptions
  6. Preparing the Tree
      6.1 Organizational Units
      6.2 Groups
      6.3 Users
  7. Preparing your OES Server
      7.1 General Settings
      7.2 Server-Specific Settings
      7.3 Add Machine Script
      7.4 TESTING
      7.5 Samba Group Mappings
      7.6 Granting SeMachineAccountPrivilege to Admin
      7.7 TESTING
  8. Joining Computers to the Domain
  9. Going Further
  10. Conclusion
  11. Questions
  12. Primary Author
  13. References

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