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[opensuse] User authentication with LDAP, your experience?
  • From: Joachim Schrod <jschrod@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2007 15:49:50 +0100
  • Message-id: <etosaf$4gi$1@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>

I'm looking for hints about switching user authentication to LDAP. (We're using NIS up to now.) The LDAP server will be SLES, the clients are a variety of SUSE Linux systems, in different versions, and other Unix hosts.

I'm familiar with setup of LDAP servers and know how to configure the clients on the PAM level.

I think that nscd should run on the clients, as LDAP has a rather high latency, compared to NIS, and that would provide cached access to passwd map entries. Can anybody confirm this or tell me anything about performance issues?

Are there any further trapfalls that I might fall into? Real-life experience about problems that were not obvious at first?

What do you use to manage LDAP users and groups? YAST?

I'm using JXplorer ( for LDAP browsing, but that doesn't seem to cut it for account management. Actually, a Web interface to manage users and groups would be very helpful.

Any tip would be greatly appreciated.


Joachim Schrod                          Email: jschrod@xxxxxxx
Roedermark, Germany

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