[Samba] Samba + OpenLDAP + Automount question

Prakash Velayutham Prakash.Velayutham at cchmc.org
Mon Dec 20 14:22:58 GMT 2004

Hi Samba Gurus,

I am not sure why my questions to the forum are not getting posted (and
I don't get any reply at all)!!!! Anyway, instead of my Mac mail client,
I am using webmail just to see if that works. Sorry for the repetition.

We have an OpenLDAP server (openldap2-2.1.22-65) and a separate NFS
server for home dirs. Currently LDAP NIS maps are being used by the
Linux users in the department for home dir mounting on Linux clients.

As everybody does, I started to look at Samba to accommodate the Windows
users and have a single user database (in LDAP) to work with. Now I have
a Samba PDC running samba3-3.0.9-1 version in my LDAP server with passdb
backend being ldapsam:ldap:// PDC itself works just fine right
now with roaming profiles etc.

The NFS server is the only system with big disks and hence we would like
to have the home dirs in that system. I am not sure how automount plays
into the whole setting of Samba and OpenLDAP. When a user logs into a
windows machine, his home directory should get mounted from the NFS
server automatically. The (Windows) profile would also live inside the
(UNIX) home directory of the user and hence would also has to get

Hopefully I am clear enough. Please send any configuration settings if
you can. I tried some googling, but just saw one link where somebody
discussed something similar with Sun's LDAP server and Samba. I tried
that but did not work with OpenLDAP.

The constraint is that the home dir NFS server is also a server for a
Linux cluster we maintain and I do not want to touch that server
currently for anything.

Any help greatly appreciated.


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