Recently, I was placed in charge of several computer labs full of
Macs, 4 servers, and one big authentication problem. All of our
clients are running 10.4.5 or better and the servers are on 10.4.6.
My boss wishes for an xserve to handle authentication with all the
clients. He also wishes the xserve to get account information from a
Novell eDirectory that we do not control. Ideally, he wants the OS X
server to add group memberships to accounts in the Novell eDirectory
server. The reason is to add printers that computer science students
are allowed to use but no one else.
So the proposed setup is this:
novell eDir <- xserve (10.4.6) <- clients (10.4.x)
We do not need to use file shares from the novell servers, only
authentication/user accounts. We wish to offer storage to cs
students from an xserve raid attached to the xserve.
1. Is it possible to have OS X server authenticate on behalf of
clients using a novell eDir in tiger? I've noticed in the archives
and googling that it works in older versions but there is a question
2. If so, can we apply groups on the OS X server using a third party
LDAP server without having any control over that server? I know very
little about LDAP.
The only other option I can think of is to have accounts replicated
on the OS X server as login requests are sent it would fetch the
accounts and then we could copy them in. I'm aware of a setup like
this involving linux clients and an ldap server with a very unusual
I appreciate any feedback on this.
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