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Re: [opensuse] Remote User Directory
  • From: Russell Jones <russell.jones@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 01 Mar 2007 08:59:57 +0000
  • Message-id: <45E6960D.5000402@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
John Andersen wrote:
And you have to keep your uid numbers in perfect sync on both machines
which can be a hassel for more than a hand full users.

NFS is really pretty primitive.  In most cases Its just more flexible to use
samba even when all machines are linux.
This can be done fairly easily using LDAP and setting up nss and pam to use LDAP. I have set up a system where the administrator (a non-technical guy) quite happily uses webmin on the LDAP server to set up new users. I use NFS there and it works OK. It was easy to set up, though I agree it's primitive. It's also insecure, AIUI, in that one can imitate any user (bar root) with a bit of coding and root/administrator level access to any machine on the network. Also the locking mechanism sucks, though it does work. I'm not clear on how secure CIFS is (SMB is obsolete, I believe). Doesn't it have trouble with GIDs/UIDs in that it maps them all to one?
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