Building a Server

Red hat Redhat linux v7.0
September 19, 2009 at 22:24:53
Specs: Ubuntu, 2.12 ghz core 2 duo
Hello everyone. I was wondering if any of you can
help me out by telling me where I could find a tutorial
or even tell me what kind of server this is called..
What I am trying to do is build a server with linux
where the user on a client logs on with a user name
and password and their personal setting load up from
the server including their applications etc. Also is it
possible to make it where the client computer can log
in from a different network as long as the server has a
static ip? I am not new to all this... its just I dont know
the exact names of what I am trying to do.. and their
for dont know where or how to start. Any bit of help is
much appreciated! :D I also dont mind if I do this in
redhat or any other linux distro... thanks.

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#1
September 20, 2009 at 06:58:26
Basically, you want to give the users a shell account. Normally they would be able to use SSH & FTP to connect. Using those protocols they can transfer files to & from their home directory & run whatever applications that they have permissions to run. They will not be windows programs. Those are run on the client machine.

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#2
September 20, 2009 at 14:04:45
Ok.... that sorta makes sense. Because I wanted to do the
same thing my school did back in highschool. A friend of
mine built it... It worked well.. Basicly he used a linux box
which was mandrake. On the client end you would log into a
domain which was from the linux box. It would load your
personal settings once logged in with your username and
password. Each person had a certain set of programs. And
each persons account was different according to their
permissions and user settings etc. The client operating
systems were windows machines. XP Pro. From what I
gather one cannot have a active directory with linux. So How
is this possible?

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#3
September 20, 2009 at 14:32:08
Active Directory doesn't run on Linux but if you had a Windows Server 2003, or something similar running Active Directory, there is a way to use AD authentication with Linux. Don't forget, that's if you had a separate Windows Server & it doesn't come cheap. Below is a site explaining how to do it.

http://www.securityfocus.com/infocu...

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#4
September 20, 2009 at 15:16:32
Thank You So Much!!! That certainly is a big help... That pretty
much got me pointed in the right direction. :)

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#5
September 20, 2009 at 17:01:33
ok ok ok.... one last question.... So wouldnt openLDAP and a
DNS and Samba just about do the same thing? Kinda like the
same thing they are doing here.. From what I understand LDAP
allows you to customize user settings?

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#6
September 20, 2009 at 17:31:57
DNS & Samba have nothing to do with the method of authentication. It's up to you which way you want to go. Kerberos is another alternative. Permissions can be set on any system. Linux is more of a command line interface, which is harder for some. Windows servers can be more user friendly but cost a lot, unless you can get your hands on something.

What is your goal? Are you just playing with some systems or do you actually have to make some type of production?

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#7
September 20, 2009 at 19:34:37
I am trying to make some type of production. I am sure it will
help a lot to give you my scenerio of what I need done lol.

So... I live in Utah...and so does my dad. He owns an
assisted living home down in Arizona. Their is no place to
put a server down their...and yet their is a lot of important
information stored on those computers...and we cant watch
what they do on the computers... Like some people need
access only to some information etc.

So my problem is their is no room or place to have a server
their.. So I am building one here in utah and need the
computers down in arizona to be able to use the domain up
here. I also need some way to make it where each person
only has certain programs loaded on their accounts and
information.... and all this with a backup server. So in short..

Have client/users log into the domain with their account..
after logging in only the programs and settings for that
person load up. They log off and all settings, files, etc are
saved to the domain. The end. Does that help?


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#8
September 21, 2009 at 07:14:55
Yes, it helps but it also asks more questions. Now you are talking about a domain login over a VPN. I've never done it, so I can't give you details but that's what you want.

Going back to the place in Arizona, are all the computers on a workgroup? Are there wall jacks & a patch panel to tie everything together?

Are you sure you can't put the server in the cellar or a closet? I'm sure you can find 20 sq. ft. for it. Where is the router?

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