mass account creation in LTSP fatclient
sverma at sfsu.edu
Mon Feb 2 18:43:10 GMT 2009
On Mon, Feb 2, 2009 at 10:29 AM, Sameer Verma <sverma at sfsu.edu> wrote:
> I've set up LTSP on Intrepid using nubae's fatclient plug-in.
> I'd like to populate the server with 40 accounts for my class. What
> are some recommended ways? Should I look into iTALC or something
> Dr. Sameer Verma, Ph.D.
> Associate Professor of Information Systems
> San Francisco State University
> San Francisco CA 94132 USA
I just chatted with David Van Assche online and here's the conversation:
me: got a minute?
Sent at 10:19 AM on Monday
David: oh yeah sure
me: I just posted something to the edubuntu-users list... wanted to
ping you on iTALC for fatclient is that something worth looking into?
Sent at 10:31 AM on Monday
me: I also need to set up 40 odd accounts. I usually use the
createusers script for it...do you have any other suggestions?
David: yeah sure thing
ub understand how the accounts are currently managed right?
They are setup on the server and copied into the .img when I run
Sent at 10:33 AM on Monday
David: actuallly even more real time than that, since that procedure
runs in the smae way as lts.conf variables can be changed without
re-running the image
David: so what happens is, u create a user on the server, and then a
little subscript copies over its details and group details to the
client's .passwd. .group and .shadow
David: a cron job synchs the 2 every 5 minutes, but if u need the
account even quicker,l simply reboot the thin client and on startup
its pushed.... or u could execute the synchin script manually
Sent at 10:37 AM on Monday
David: I usually dont need to add new accounts affter the image
creation process, so to be honest, this hasnt been fully tested,
though Iirc I did test restarting thin client to synch accounts
is that what u meant?
I'll test it out and see if it works
If you don't mind I'll send this conversation to the list for archival purposes
David: yes please do
David: italc, though, is still great and usable, albeit for different purposes
me: yeah, I've read a bit about it, but never used it
Sent at 10:40 AM on Monday
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