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April 28, 2010 5:35:03 AM

Hi,

is there any linux distribution that have the similar function as active directory.

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a b 5 Linux
April 28, 2010 6:18:43 AM

Active Directory has a huge amount of functionality; what, in particular, are you looking for?
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April 29, 2010 5:13:53 AM

function like controller that control multiple user pc that they cannot change the configuration.
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a b 5 Linux
April 29, 2010 6:25:31 AM

Ah - Group Policies. I don't know if there's anything akin to this for Linux, but hopefully someone knows.
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a b 5 Linux
April 29, 2010 2:34:14 PM

What's kinda common in the unix world is to make the pcs into xterms and have them log into one centralized server, that way you've got to configure one server and the pcs aren't really pcs any more.

This'll make configuring the network much easier but it's got some downsides.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_Terminal_Server_Proj...

You'll save a ton of money on thin clients, energy and management costs if it's done right.

Good luck :) 
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June 11, 2010 12:24:47 AM

so there is no free one, well it obvious you need to pay if yo want more, :( 
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a b 5 Linux
June 20, 2010 2:34:22 PM

You have to pay if you use a closed standard controlled by a monopoly.. If MS had gone LDAP we could all be playing nicely together, but no, time for yet another standard that they have exclusive control over.

Hate the game not the player..
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June 21, 2010 9:43:25 AM

Best answer selected by mug_71.
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a b 5 Linux
June 24, 2010 8:37:33 PM

Samba has no connection with Active Directory. They address two entirely separate issues.
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a b 5 Linux
June 27, 2010 2:26:25 PM

Actually it does as you can use AD for Samba/VisionFS authentication. VisionFS certainly used to allow you to act as BDC or PDC and I'd be surprised if it did not now have full AD integration.
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a b 5 Linux
June 27, 2010 3:22:26 PM

Yes, but authentication is only a fraction of what AD does. For example, the particular aspect that the OP was interested in was Group Policies. Samba doesn't let you do that. Samba is merely an open implementation of the SMB protocol. AD is a fairly complicated directory service which controls many other aspects of a Windows network.

Samba may be able to use AD, but it in no way provides AD services.
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