[ubuntu-uk] Using SAMBA to create users across multiple servers
rob at esdelle.co.uk
Wed Sep 10 22:09:56 BST 2008
This is a bit of a long shot but I thought I'd ask anyway...
I'm in the process of setting up a server for a friend who has offices
over two sites connected via a VPN.
He mainly has Windows machines which he wants to put on a domain. I
suggested using Linux rather than Windows 2003 Server to save him some
money on client licences etc.
Anyway, I figured for the Samba Domain Controller I would use SME Server
7.3 as I am comfortable with using this for e-mail/webmail/groupware.
Now SME Server has a nice easy to use web interface where if you create
a user, all the mail directories, home directory and domain details are
created. So far so good.
Now here's where it gets a bit more complicated...
What I want to be able to do is have an Ubuntu server with a large RAID
array installed which would provide file storage (he owns a large
recording studio so they deal with LOTS of audio). I would want this to
be a Samba Backup Domain Controller in case the SME Server went down
(something that bugs me about SME Server is the need to reboot after
I'd also like to have a Backup Domain Controller at the remote site so
it's not dragging lots of authentication data across the WAN.
Now I was wondering if it was possible with Samba to configure it so
when a new Samba account is created, an equivalent *nix login account
and home directory is created on the backup servers?
The idea I had was when a user is created on the SME Server, it
automatically then via Samba, tells the two BDC servers to create *nix
accounts and home directories so they are ready to go.
Does this sound feasible/possible?
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