Edubuntu LTSP with Netware Authentication

Gavin McCullagh gmccullagh at
Mon Feb 19 15:48:09 UTC 2007

On Mon, 19 Feb 2007, Willis, Ben wrote:

> I have been trying for th past week to get Edubuntu to authenticate thin
> clients against a Novell Netware 6.5 server. I have had limited success
> getting the server itself to authenticate via the /etc/pam.d/gdm file
> pointing to but I cant get home directories to map still.
> What am I missing to get the thin clients to authenticate in the same
> manner?

When you attempt a login at a thin client, ldm (the thin client display
manager) attempts an ssh connection to the server.  I'm not hugely
knowledgeable about pam but I'd say you need to convince ssh to
authenticate using the netware server, presumably by doctoring
/etc/pam.d/ssh.  As soon as you find you can ssh into the server (from
anywhere) and be authenticated via netware, you should be able to login at
the thin clients (presuming home dirs, etc. are in place for that user).


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