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Date:      Sat, 14 Mar 2020 08:33:55 +0000
From:      Michael Howard <>
Subject:   Re: Centralized user/group/whatever management
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On 14/03/2020 06:07, Victor Sudakov wrote:
> Michael Osipov wrote:
>> Am 2020-03-13 um 15:31 schrieb Doug McIntyre:
>>> On Fri, Mar 13, 2020 at 04:19:23PM +0700, Victor Sudakov wrote:
>>>> Do you think there exists a modern solution for centralized user/group/...
>>>> management compatible with FreeBSD and Linux?
>>> I think the best combination is probably a Windows AD setup, with
>>> FreeBSD/Linux clients attaching to it. (Although I still do external DNS
>>> importing the AD objects into it, really can't stand windows DNS).
>>> This does work really seamless, the GUI tools are well utilized.
>>> It really gets you the hard part (LDAP, Kerberos) in a pretty easy to
>>> use package. I don't know how many hours I've spent on OpenLDAP
>>> getting it to work with things, and management packages for OpenLDAP
>>> are pretty sucky overall.
>> I agree here with Doug, as strange as it sounds, Samba is your best bet.
>> When you provision your domain you shall enable the POSIX extensions. It
>> will create all GECOS stuff. pam_winbind is also nice.
> So pam_winbind it is, if you want to use AD for user/group management?
> Does winbindd not crash any more under FreeBSD?
> Do you need to also enable winbind somehow in nsswitch.conf?
>> One must simply admit that Active Directory is a wellthought system not
>> just for Unix. You may join your machines either with Samba, more easily
>> with msktutil (disclainer, I am a maintainer) with works flawlessly on
>> FreeBSD.
> I'll certainly look at it if I have to integrate FreeBSD into Windows AD.
> However first I'd like to find a free, open source solution for a
> Unix-only office. Hope it will not eventually come to buying a Windows
> server to manage Linux and FreeBSD workstations.
Samba is free and open source. Absolutely no need to buy MS Windows.
Michael Howard

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