[Samba] Roaming Desktops with Linux Clients

Dave Ewart davee at ceu.ox.ac.uk
Wed Apr 11 11:14:26 GMT 2007

On Wednesday, 11.04.2007 at 20:35 +0930, Daniel O'Connor wrote:

> On Wednesday 11 April 2007 19:40, Dave Ewart wrote:
> > > That combined with pam_winbind and nss_winbind should get you what
> > > you want.
> >
> > Seconded.
> >
> > We use direct LDAP authentication for the Linux workstations
> > (Windows PCs use LDAP via Samba) and pam_mount - works very nicely.
> If I was using LDAP directly then I would just mount /home on each of
> the Linux machines.
> IMO pam_mount is only useful if you don't trust root on the Linux
> boxes, or the master repository for files doesn't do NFS, or the home
> directories aren't available in a single directory.
> (pam_mount seems more evil than using NFS like that IMO :)

Well, we clearly have different opinions here.  I don't fancy mounting
/home (via NFS) on every Linux box.  That just strikes me as the wrong
way to do it: a local machine root compromise puts the entirety of /home
at risk.  pam_mount at least ensures that you only get the home
directory for the current logged-in user remotely-mounted.

Dave Ewart
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