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LinuxWorld: Integrate Linux and NT networks

Nov 12, 1999, 01:20 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gerald Carter)

"Using NISGina, Linux and Windows NT provide seamless cross-platform authentication."

"Integrating Windows and Linux clients can take many forms. For example, you might want to enable Windows clients to access a Linux filesystem across a network, or vice versa. Or you might want to consolidate your mail system and its mail clients so that users can access their mail from any platform. Each of these examples needs one common thread: authentication services."

"Linux and Windows NT use very different mechanisms for supporting a networkwide, global authentication system. One frequently used service for Linux clients is SunSoft's NIS (Network Information Services), formerly YP (Yellow Pages). NIS provides a means of making central system files, such as global passwords, available to clients. In the absence of such a service, each Linux machine would validate logins against the local /etc/passwd. Because each client has its own version of the file, keeping the information synchronized between Linux boxes can be difficult."

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