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LinuxWorld: NDS for Linux, Part 2 - A practical view of Novell Directory Services

Jun 04, 2000, 16:24 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Pawel Leszek)


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"Installing NDS for Linux (Corporate Edition) is simple and easy. NDS comes as a few RPM packages and a shell script installer. Of course, you don't need to install NDS server on every machine you have; in most cases one server (or two for replication purposes) on your LAN is enough. On the rest of the machines, you install only the NDS User Account Management (UAM) component."

"The installation script invokes the vi editor in the configuration file so that you can set the NDS tree name, context, common name (CN), organization (O), and organizational unit (OU) names. All that data is held in /etc/nds.conf. You also need to set up an admin password for managing the NDS tree -- and that's all. The rest of the installation process is noninteractive. The installer is bright enough to search subnets for duplicates of the NDS name, to extend the NDS schema (explained later), and to install security services."

"Last, you install management software -- unfortunately it's available only for Windows. Although the main tool, ConsoleOne, is written in Java, we were unable to run it from a Linux desktop. Another argument for using a Windows workstation is that you will be able to use additional tools like NDS Manager and NetWare Administrator, which are necessary for setting more advanced NDS features.'

"NDS tools require the infrastructure provided with the newest Novell client software, so you need to install Novell Client for Win 32 before you install any NDS tools on Windows. The Novell client also changes the login screen for Windows 9x and NT to make it possible to log in to the NDS tree interactively."

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