> > Yes. There are several methods: NIS, NIS+, and LDAP are the most
> > common. There is a HOWTO on doing LDAP+Kerberos, but it unfortunately
> > doesn't seem to be in any of the standard places. There are several
> > very good HOWTOs for NIS and LDAP. I suggest you read them; they are
> > at all the standard Linux documentation sources.
> LDAP or NIS? Which one is easy to implement and administer.
NIS. What it does is share certain important files (like /etc/passwd
and /etc/group) over the network. This means that with a few small
changes to /etc/nsswitch.conf, you can go to NIS and then use all the
regular Unix user/group/password control mechanisms.
Quote:> Is LDAP installed by default on RedHat Linux (7.x) Any pointers to
> resources on installing and configuring these services on a new
There is an LDAP HOWTO, and many NIS HOWTOs. NIS is originally a Sun
thing, so there's also plenty of general documentation which also
applies to Linux (the implementations are, from what I've seen,
NIS is occasionally called "Yellow Pages," which is an idiotic name.
NIS+ is _not_ NIS: it is quite different. It's probably also not
worth your time for such a small network.
Quote:> Also Is it possible to get a listing of available Systems, Something
> like NETWORK NEIGHBOURHOOD in WinOS.
Well, you could theoretically ping the broadcast address and see what
machines respond. But there wouldn't be much point, because...
Quote:> Is there something similar to
> this so that users can easily navigate through the network by point
> and click method....
There's no real reason they'd need to do this. The sensible approach
is to designate one system the "server" (it can be a
desktop/workstation too) and use it to hold all the shared
information. Generally that will be /home. Then all workstations
would be configured to mount /home using NFS at boot.
Quote:> NIS, have a concept of DOMAIN Is it similar to WinNT Domain???
Yes. It's analagous, though I'm sure there are little differences
that will*you up.
One difference is that NIS isn't really a single sign-in system. Your
username and password are the same on all participating systems, but
you do have to sign in on each system. The way around this is
Kerberos, which I mentioned in passing earlier. With Kerberos, you
"login" once (you get a ticket from the KDC) and then are
automatically authenticated for all other Kerberos-enabled services.
Which means you only have to give your username and password once.
This is probably a lot of information. So here's my recommendation:
NIS, and nothing else. Worry about things like Kerberos later, if you
decide you need them.
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