By: mikewillis

December 3, 2009 3:24 pm


Allow a user to log in when their home directory is missing

If a user's home directory cannot be found then an attempt to log in with an X session will fail. No easily understandable explanation of why their login attempt has failed is displayed to the user and the user's machine is useless until the server is operational again. Which is very annoying for the user. […]

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By: dmichael

November 16, 2008 8:20 pm


Boot my Office PC as I'm entering the Parking Garage!

WAKE ON SCHEDULE SUMMARY Using a database of workstations’ login times, send Wake on LAN packets to specific workstations 5-10 minutes prior to the typical arrival of the user. BENEFITS This lets the user avoid having to sit through a possibly long boot up process. The system is ready for login when the user arrives. […]

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By: tukaram

August 28, 2008 3:13 pm


Configuration of pdb_nds in Samba server for NDS authentication

pdb_nds is a back-end LDAP authentication method for Samba server. This back-end module provides authentication to the users to the Novell eDirectory™ server (NDS). The eDirectory server can be configured in /etc/samba/smb.conf as follows to allow Samba server to contact eDirectory for user authentication: passdb backend = NDS_ldapsam:ldaps:// If you have […]

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By: DamianMyerscough

May 21, 2008 12:43 pm


Account Management

In this article we are going to look at account management. The tasks covered in this article are adding, deleting and modifying user accounts from the command line. We will also look at creating and managing groups from the command line. Home directory skeleton In this section of the article we will look at specifying […]

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By: fpatterson

May 7, 2008 10:38 am


How to migrate users from passwd to openLDAP, on a SLES 10 server

The openLDAP packages that Novell put in place on SLES 10 did not include the migration tools. There are some good migration tools to turn your /etc/passwd, /etc/group and /etc/shadow files into a ldap database. Please see Let's suppose you copied the Migration files from the padl web site to the […]

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By: DamianMyerscough

April 3, 2008 7:01 am


Linux Disk Quotas

Linux Disk Quotas In this article we are going to look at setting up disk quotas for individual users and a group of users. In this article we have the /home partition on a separate logical volume thus allowing us to enforce quota limits without having to reboot the machine. If you only have one […]

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By: DamianMyerscough

February 21, 2008 1:22 am


Forcing users to change their password

Problem When a new user is added to your system you have to setup a simple default password for them to login with, sometimes new users never change the default password thus allowing malicious users to crack the account very easily. Solution There are two possible solutions to this problem, the first solution is to […]

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By: DamianMyerscough

October 23, 2007 11:11 am


Pure-FTPd Administration

Pure-FTPd Administration In this article I am going to cover setting up virtual users and administrating user accounts. Some of the tasks we will look at are; chrooting users, setting upload/download limits, restricting IP access and many other tasks. Pure-FTPd is an excellent service that provides a rich set of features and a high level […]

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