Ubuntu in complex office situations

Felipe Alfaro Solana felipe.alfaro at gmail.com
Wed Nov 15 18:16:43 UTC 2006

On 11/15/06, Brian Fahrlander <brian at fahrlander.net> wrote:
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>     I'm on the third week of wrestling with pam_tally, cracklib, pam,
> and LDAP. It started out so simple...
>     A local debt collection company wanted to dump their Windows boxes,
> which only telnet to an RHEL3 machine where they do their actual work.
> 12 machines were to lose Windows and just about everything in the office
> was going to be Linux; this far from the larger towns, this was going to
> be quite a big deal.  Here, Linux is barely a rumor.
>     At home I share /home and /shares (multimedia partition) and use
> LDAP to handle authentication. I manage the LDAP stuff with
> phpldapadmin, since I change users every few years.  :)
>     One problem is there's no user-friendly user-management programs to
> hand an office manager. Computing for people, don'tcha know.  DirAdmin
> is close, but had a bug or two that caused grief. And, too, there was
> never a "this is how you generally populate the server to get it to get
> along" documents.  Worse yet, it's a dying project.

The only thing I can bring to the table is Fedora Directory Server. It
has one of the nicest administration consoles I've ever seen. That
doesn't mean the administration console is easy enough to use for mere
mortals, however.

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