[Beowulf] Re: Active directory with Linux

Chris Samuel csamuel at vpac.org
Mon Oct 27 13:26:34 PDT 2008

----- "Dave Love" <d.love at liverpool.ac.uk> wrote:

> I don't understand that.  If you need LDAP data, as opposed to just
> Kerberos authentication, and you're not allowed anonymous access to
> it,

Well we were told that AD doesn't permit anonymous access.
Bear in mind we're Linux geeks here, not Windows geeks.. ;-)

> you either use a `well-known' password on a special account (which
> you're probably also not allowed...)

Yup, that's what I described as not being permitted.

> or the `machine' account.  The latter is what you get from
> `joining the domain' (e.g. with Samba)

Whilst I couldn't be certain I suspect their security
policy would have classed that as just being an implementation
of the former, and it too would have been locked out after
N failed attempts and hence locked out all users.

We got the impression that AD didn't permit them to
make an exception to this policy either.. :-(

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