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Linux Journal: OpenLDAP with Linux and Windows

Aug 06, 2002, 14:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Francesco Tornieri)

"The 'Students' Project at the University of Verona is based on OpenLDAP (it's an open-source implementation of LDAP) for managing the centralized authentication of both Windows and Linux laboratories, as well as mail accounts for professors and students from all departments (use of Qmail, Courier and Imp). The 'Students' server manages five laboratories: the alpha laboratory (only Linux workstations), the beta laboratory (only Linux workstations), the gamma laboratory (only Windows 2000 workstations), the delta laboratory (Linux and Windows 2000 system, workstations have two different boots) and the tesi laboratory (only Linux workstations).

"Two different problems emerged: 1) how do we create a database that allows access to PCs with the Linux OS rather than to PCs with the Windows OS? and 2) how do we allow the correlation between a single server and PCs with both Linux and Windows systems?

"These problems have been solved by using OpenLDAP and Samba TNG software. A Linux cluster (Red Hat with the Piranha package) manages all the laboratories. Because the server needs to support some heavy work (each student is supposed to have an entry in the database), we have set up the Linux cluster to provide services with continuity..."

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