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Linux version of Active Directory?

Link to this post 29 Oct 11

Question, when running a linux server, is there any linux version of an active directory tree? Specifically the ability to manage the accounts and security rules in depth like in a windows active directory environment, is there anything comparable or is it strictly a windows server function?

Link to this post 31 Oct 11

You can use a LDAP server for centralized authentication, but the group policies only exist in Active directory. So there is no single solution to replace active directory.

Link to this post 31 Oct 11

Now there's an idea, if someone was able to create a native Linux based active directory, then the need for a windows server would drop dramatically in many corporate areas.

Link to this post 31 Oct 11

Active Directory is an LDAP server. You can install OpenLDAP and use that on your network instead of AD, usually... :-)

Link to this post 01 Nov 11

There are some corporation that have Linux based replacements and compatibility packs for Active directory, unfortunately those are nearly as expensive are running a windows based server.

Richard, I recommend setting up an ldap directory for testing you will see that it can offer more power than AD when it comes to user and computer verification.

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