Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 26545
pls add feature: authentication NT Domain
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:31:18 EDT
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A neat feature during RH 7.x setup is that you may choose method of
authentication (NIS, LDAP (cool!), Hesiod (????).
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Just run RH setup on version greater than 6.2
Actual Results: You may choose method of authentication (NIS, LDAP
(cool!), Hesiod (????).
Expected Results: NT 4.0 Domain authentication would be an extremely
usefull choice, not to mention an Active Directory choice (LDAP really but
slightly modified by MS).
Atleast 98% of all networks that I have seen so far use either NT Domain
Authentication or Active Directory (60+ Small businesses in the Twin
Citties Area, Rainier Tech., Anderen Windows, NSP, NRG, Target). In fact
most of these organizations use NT or AD only. However, in light of
Microsoft's recent Licensing and the fact that upgrades will now be forced
every 4 years, since a new windows will hit the market every 24 months,
and they only support n -1 versions, the cost of MS software is becoming
prohibitive. This has caused several of these aforementioned organizations
to take a closer look at OpenSource alternatives... Including mine. Now
why not make it easy to include LINUX? Some of these organisations have 40
000 or more users... Being able to use the existing authentication model
is a significant leverage in to an organisation....
*** Bug 26546 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
The authconfig tool only configures other packages (nss_ldap, pam_krb5, glibc's
libnss_hesiod.so, and so on).
At the moment we don't have the client pieces needed to support logging into an
NT domain in the distribution, though the winbind support which is slated for
Samba 2.2 (http://us1.samba.org/samba/development.html) looks like it will
provide these pieces.
When we looked at it for the 7 release, it was already pretty far along, but it
hadn't had an official release yet.
I'm going to defer this bug until winbind is officially released.