[ubuntu-uk] Using SAMBA to create users across multiple servers

Neil Greenwood neil.greenwood.lug at gmail.com
Fri Sep 12 09:00:35 BST 2008

2008/9/11 Rob Beard <rob at esdelle.co.uk>:
> Neil Greenwood wrote:
>> 2008/9/10 Matthew Macdonald-Wallace <matthew at truthisfreedom.org.uk>:
>>> Quoting Rob Beard <rob at esdelle.co.uk>:
>>>> Hi folks,
>>>> This is a bit of a long shot but I thought I'd ask anyway...
>>> <snip>
>>>> 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?
>>> 1) Use LDAP with replication instead of /etc/passwd
>>> 2) Rsync /home as part of a cronjob across all the servers
>>> 3) Ensure that you can run LDAP traffic across the VPN (If you;re not
>>> already, try using openvpn - it rocks!).
>> To follow on from Matthew's points, Rob:
>> Setting up LDAP to use as a replacement for /etc/passwd was recently
>> covered in Linux Format. Look at issues 104 (setting up LDAP and
>> adding users) and 105 (using LDAP for login authentication and
>> mounting /home/<user> via NFS).
>> HTH too!
>> Neil.
> Hmm, I should have those issues.  Great I'll read up on it :-)
> Rob

Regarding your other question about LDAP guides, in one of the issues
Chris Brown (the author of the articles) mentions the two references
he uses for LDAP. I can't remember what they are, nor which issue -
although I have a feeling it might be the first one.

Vague I know, but it might help further!


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