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Automated User Management with Expect

Sep 27, 2007, 09:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sergio Gonzalez Duran)

"At the large school in Mexico where I'm employed as a system manager, I proposed (and got) a Linux server to replace an old Windows 2000 file server and domain controller for the alumni. I then was faced with the task of adding 3,000 users to this new CentOS 5 server. I wasn't about to add thousands of users and their passwords one by one to the new Samba primary domain controller (PDC) system. With a little help from OpenOffice.org Calc, a utility called Expect, and shell scripts, I automated the process.

"I previously set up Samba as the PDC, added groups, and configured the firewall--all the basics--before I began the task of adding users..."

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