Dear/Beste BSD,

Saturday, February 15, 2003, 9:10:55 AM, you wrote:

> I have an upcoming project to create a modern UNIX (mainly
> FreeBSD-based) workgroup computing environment.

> If _YOU_ had your chance to do it from scratch, what technologies would
> you use? Basically only following are set in stone. Everything else is
> up to me:

> 1. Centralised user/password/account management 
> 2. 2-3 file servers running FreeBSD, 1 mail server and 1 VPN gateway
> also running FreeBSD
> 3. Workstations will be 75% FreeBSD and 25% Mac OS X 10.2

> Most people I have spoken to automatically say NIS/NFS. Although I know
> that NIS/NFS is a tried and true combination, I can't help but feel
> there must be a better way to do a modern BSD UNIX environment. As silly
> as it may sound I am seriously thinking about running Samba for file
> sharing services even though this is a fully UNIX environment.
> Reasons for this include excellent performance on FreeBSD and better
> security than NFS.

> Some of the other authentication/account management technologies I'm
> evaluating include LDAP and Kerberos. Any and comments/suggestions would
> be very well received...

> Basically what I'm asking is if you could do it all over from scratch
> how would you do a modern BSD UNIX workgroup?

Backward compatiblity is somwat important and since NIS/NFS is a
succesfull combination i would use that with kerbidos. If i needed to
link other platforms, without NIS/NFS support, then i would also use
LDAP transparent.

Best regards/Met vriendelijke groet,

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