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Posted: 25 May 2005
 

You can set up Samba on Linux to act as a PDC (Windows Domain Controller), and all the Windows clients will be able to log into it. Samba can then be configured to use eDirectory for authentication.

Unfortunately, the hashing mechanisms used with Samba and eDirectory passwords are incompatible, so you would have to enter everyone's password twice as the system stands right now (assuming you're using SLES9 or some Linux other than Open Enterprise Server).

However, according to the OES documentation, Open Enterprise Server has a special version of Samba that can use the Universal Password feature of eDirectory and not require re-entering of passwords.

The Gentoo Wiki article with all the details on setting up Samba as the PDC is at:

http://gentoo-wiki.com/HOWTO_Implement_Samba_as_your_PDC

The installation part in the article is specific to Gentoo, so just skip down to the "Configure Samba" part. To install Samba, if you're running SUSE Linux/SLES9/OES, just type:

yast -i samba

at the command line.


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