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Linuxcare: Research Paper: Unified Logons between Windows NT and UNIX using Winbind

Nov 03, 2000, 21:45 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tim Potter, Andrew Tridgell)

[ Thanks to Paul Thornfeldt for this link. ]

"Integration of UNIX and Microsoft Windows NT through a unified logon has been considered a "holy grail" in heterogeneous computing environments for a long time. We present winbind, a component of the Samba suite of programs as a solution to the uni.ed logon problem. Winbind uses a UNIX implementation of Microsoft RPC calls, Pluggable Authentication Modules, and the Name Service Switch to allow Windows NT domain users to appear and operate as UNIX users on a UNIX machine. This paper describes the winbind system, explaining the functionality it provides, how it is configured and how it works internally."

"It is well known that UNIX and Microsoft Windows NT have different models for representing user and group information and use different technologies for implementing them. This fact has made it diffcult to integrate the two systems in a satisfactory manner."

"One common solution in use today has been to create identically named user accounts on both the UNIX and Windows systems and use the Samba suite of programs to provide file and print services between the two. This solution is far from perfect however, as adding and deleting users on both sets of machines becomes a chore and two sets of passwords are required both of which which can lead to synchronization problems between the UNIX and Windows systems and confusion for users."

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