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Old 04-21-2011, 06:39 PM
"Jeff Boyce"
Default User accounts management for small office

Greetings -

This may be a little off-topic here so if someone wants to point me to a
more appropriate mailing list I would appreciate it.

I administer the network for my small company and am preparing to install a
new server in the next month or so. It will be running CentOS 6 and
function primarily as a Samba file server to 10 Windows workstations (XP,
Vista, 7). It will also host our OpenVPN server and possibly our FTP
server; however I am hoping to move our FTP server to a gateway box when the
new server is installed.

The issue that I would like to be able to resolve when the new server is
installed, is that currently if a user wants to change the password on their
Windows workstation, I have to manually update that new password on the
Linux user account, and also manually change the Samba user account.
Manually updating the password in three different locations is a minor
headache that I would like to correct. I have been researching and reading
lots of information about account management to try and understand what is
available, and what would be the best fit for my network size. Much of what
I have read is related to larger networks or larger user bases, which seem
to have a lot of extraneous stuff that would be unnecessary in my small user
environment. I looked into OpenLDAP, and have recently been reading about
Samba/Winbind. But after encountering the following statement in the Samba
documentation, I am still lost about what I could, or should, be using.
"A standalone Samba server is an implementation that is not a member of a
Windows NT4 domain, a Windows 200X Active Directory domain, or a Samba
domain. By definition, this means that users and groups will be created and
controlled locally, and the identity of a network user must match a local
UNIX/Linux user login. The IDMAP facility is therefore of little to no
interest, winbind will not be necessary, and the IDMAP facility will not be
relevant or of interest."

My only goal is to be able to allow my users to change their Windows
password at their workstation and have it perpetuate through the system so
that it also changes their Linux User and Samba User account passwords. I
don't expect to ever have more than a dozen users, so I want something that
fits our size network and is simple to administer. I am not looking for a
how-to to set something up, but some opinions about what I should consider
using, and why it would be a good fit to achieve my goal. I can do the
additional research to understand configuration once I know what I should be
researching. Thanks. Please cc me directly, as I only get the list in
daily digest mode.

Jeff Boyce

Meridian Environmental

CentOS mailing list

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