Jim White wrote:
>>-- The emcf labs have been running without ie for the entire semester. ...
>>All in all, there have been fewer problems this semester without ie.
>>-- All of our lab machines are now dual boot to RedHat 9. The linux side
>>sees less usage, but has had zero problems in two years time.
>>Most excellent ! Thanks for the progress report on open source alternatives
>>for computing environments.
>>Can you describe the environment a bit more ... E.g. authentication, file
>>system (I know that emba has a tradition of providing "server space" for
>>workstations -- and would like to know which method of integration of linux
>>workstation to unix host you've implemented.)
> For authentication, we use NIS (AKA yp). A master NIS server maintains
> the database, and there are a bunch of slaves. NIS is fully supported
> by every Unix that I know of, especially Linux. Server space is provided
> by 'automount'. When you log in, the workstation mounts your "home" directory
> as though it were local.
> On the Windows side, we also employ NIS, namely NISGina, which is a
> substitute for msgina - Microsoft's login. Thus, if you have an EMCF
> account, you use the same password for logins to every machine regardless
> of OS. This also works with MacOS X BTW. (Eat your heart out AD).
> Each user logging into a Windows machine has their "home" directory
> mapped automatically as a drive using Samba. Thus, no matter where or
> what you log into, you have access to your files.
> Jim White
After you have read this, could someone please answer a question
that has been bothering me for awhile. What are we going to get from
deploying active directory that we don't already have available for free?