Active Directory is a Microsoft Windows Server technology that provides a variety of network services including LDAP-like Directory services, Kerberos based authentication, and DNS based naming service. It also includes a set of graphical tools that makes managing it a cinch. This article describes how to utilize this powerful technology in the Linux environment.
Active Directory User Accounts in Linux
The Active Directory user accounts can be integrated into Linux in such a way that the AD user accounts appears as if they are native user accounts of Linux. There are two ways to accomplish this
- Using Identity Management for Unix/Services For Unix
Identity Management for Unix is available in Windows 2003 R2 and above while Services For Unix is supported on Windows NT 4.0 and above. IMU/SFU requires more effort to implement but provides more control over user accounts.
- Using Samba
Samba on the other hand is easier to implement due to its template based nature but gives less control over user accounts. In Samba, everyone belongs to the same group and uses the same login shell.
Active Directory Network Services in Linux
Active Directory includes Kerberos authentication and an LDAP-like Directory services which you can utilize in the various network services of Linux. Below is a sample diagram of Linux network services which can use Active Directory.
Here are the links on how to implement them.
- How to install Postfix
- Active Directory accounts and mailbox location
- Active Directory mailbox quota
- Active Directory distribution list
- Dovecot SASL authentication
- How to install SquirrelMail
- Auto update the full name and email address
- Active Directory address book
- Change Active Directory password
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Posted on 1/3/2009 and last updated on 11/6/2009
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