centralized update control, accounts

Smoot Carl-Mitchell smoot at tic.com
Thu Jun 12 22:10:43 UTC 2008

On Thu, 2008-06-12 at 18:26 -0400, Eric S. Johansson wrote:
> what's the current standard for centrally managing accounts in small (under 20 
> machines) networks?  I assume NIS because from what I've read, the overhead of 
> setting up and managing LDAP based authentication/accounts isn't justified.  If 
> there is another alternative or another way to look at this problem, I would 
> greatly appreciate hearing about it.

LDAP is relatively easy to set up these days with OpenLDAP using the NIS
schema.  It works just like NIS, except the authentication base is
maintained in an LDAP directory. I have successfully set it up on a
number of Linux networks without any issues.  It also gives you the
advantage of using the same LDAP authentication system for other
services like Web access, SVN access control and any other service with
LDAP authentication hooks.

Management can be handled with PHPLDAPAdmin which has a pretty nice Web
interface for managing an LDAP tree.
Smoot Carl-Mitchell
System/Network Architect
smoot at tic.com
+1 480 922 7313
cell: +1 602 421 9005

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