[nycbug-talk] FreeNAS as a windows domain controller, and off the shelf FreeNAS devices

Justin Dearing zippy1981 at gmail.com
Sat Aug 7 12:45:00 EDT 2010


Thanks everyone for all the on and off list help.

I looked into iXsystems.  First some clarification. I actually want this for
my house, not for an employer/client. I want domain based authentication for
my two laptops, my fiancee's two computers, and anything else I bring into
the house that speaks LDAP. So I want a small appliance not a 1 or 2 unit
rack mount system. Something like a drobo

I'm an absolute nut about centralized authentication. Set samba 3 up
manually on old towers when I was younger and had more time to waste. I want
some of the heavy lifting done for me this time.

So the idea it to recreate this as follows:

   - Samba running with LDAP in Windows 2003 domain controller mode. This
   means any other unix machines in the house can auth against iit via pam
   - Small, energy efficient new appliance instead of old tower
   - Appliance disto of a BSD where most things work, but I can ssh in for
   the 1% of things that don't.
   - Bittorrent server on the NAS since thats the popular thing to do these
   days with NAS OSes

On Fri, Aug 6, 2010 at 5:28 PM, Mark Saad <mark.saad at ymail.com> wrote:

> Justin
> --- On Fri, 8/6/10, Justin Dearing <zippy1981 at gmail.com> wrote:
> From: Justin Dearing <zippy1981 at gmail.com>
> Subject: [nycbug-talk] FreeNAS as a windows domain controller, and off the
> shelf FreeNAS  devices
> To: "talk" <talk at lists.nycbug.org>
> Date: Friday, August 6, 2010, 6:50 PM
> Hi,
> I'm considering FreeNAS. My main concern is windows domain controller
> support.
> I know it runs Samba, so it can be made to work as a domain controller. The
> question is, does it work out of the box, where I can click an LDAP check
> box, a Samba Checkbox, and have a windows domain controller. If that's not
> the case, I might as well just install a stock BSD on the server.
> I don't believe that FreeNAS has a ldap server built in. I think the ldap
> options are there for you to have the built in samba use ldap auth from an
> external server.
> Gutting FreeNAS to make a LDAP appliance would be a cool idea , anyone
> interested ?
> Finally, has anyone bought a device with FreeNAS preinstalled?
> Justin Dearing
> While I have not personally purchased one I know iXSystems uses it on their
> higher-end nas devices.
> --
> Mark Saad
> mark.saad at ymail.com
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