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Distro that can authenticate to AD?

By cwhitmore ·
I've tried SuSe 10, but I wasn't able to get it to authenticate to AD without creating an account on the Linux box first. (kind of defeats the purpose if you have to create two accounts)

Has anyone had luck authenticating a linux desktop on Active Directory easily?

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re account on linux box

by Jaqui In reply to Distro that can authentic ...

actually, linux will use a fallback method forauthentication, use the ad authentication by default, if the ad server isn't available it falls back to local file, so that the workstation is still usable even if the network is down. that is why the local account is required.

then there is the issue of you have to use samba client in linux to connect to a windows server, such as ad. the smbclient tools require a local user session to know what username and password to use for the remote server.

linux network server authentication to a UNIX server is much simpler and more transparent. the issues are caused by trying to connect to microsoft's proprietary smb protocol stack based servers from a unix like client.

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