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Re: [seul-edu] Alternatives to NIS

Quoting David Woodhouse <dwmw2@infradead.org>:
> Samba can be a PDC can't it? I thought it just couldn't be a BDC.

I thought it's ability to be a PDC was very limited.  I don't care about a BDC
-- at the moment anyway.  If samba can act as a centralized login server for NT
Clients than I am very happy.  

Is this what I need to do to get it to work:

1) Encrypted Passwords are required
2) Set as Domain master.
3) OS Level?  (Do you have a good suggestion?) 
4) Set Athentication mode to Domain?
5) Set the Workgroup to the Domain name.
6) To remember mounts and icons for individual users do I need to do anything
with the netlogons or user scripts?
Am I close?
Does all this work shadowed passwords?

> I've had samba happily doing authentication and fileserving for the NT 
> workstations on my ex-employer's company network. 
> For Macs, see netatalk. 

I have never seen any software that allows centralized login for macs (I don't
know of any Mac clients that will look to a linux server to allow a user to use
the computer -- I guess MacOS 9 with a new G4 can do this with a MacOS server,
but I don't know of any Linux solution).  However, Netatalk does a good job at
being a fileserver (well pretty good it doesn't do aliases, it doesn't do drop
boxes all that well, and adding users to groups so that they can see shares
requires modifications to indivual users accounts).