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namdung
November 27th, 2008, 08:02 AM
We're planning to migrate all computers in our school to Ubuntu from XP. We currently have Roaming profile and folder redirection in our Windows environment. This way the teachers and the students are able to access their files from any PC as their work is saved in the server.

I'm looking for a similar solution where the home folder for all users are automatically mapped to a centralized Samba/NFS Server from Ubuntu.

We are able to logon using Windows credentials via Likewise-open. As we have different policies set for teachers and students, can the policies adopted in MS AD be applied when logged to a Linux PC? If not is there another alternative where user policies are defined centrally in a server?

Looking forward to a positive response.

sammy_pal
November 27th, 2008, 09:53 AM
This may be of help to you.
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UbuntuLTSP

namdung
November 29th, 2008, 03:24 PM
This may be of help to you.
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UbuntuLTSP

Thanks for the reply. We've actually already deployed LTSP with Ubuntu server and about 13 thin clients.

The solution I was looking for is for individual PCs with the home folder of all users saved in a centralized server.

Any help?

sammy_pal
November 29th, 2008, 06:00 PM
For allowing logging in from any machine, and enforcing different policies for different users you need to setup a NIS server, and for allowing centralised file sharing for the users, you have to set up a NFS server. The following HowTos may be useful:
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/SettingUpNFSHowTo
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/SettingUpNISHowTo
http://tldp.org/HOWTO/NIS-HOWTO/index.html

namdung
December 16th, 2008, 07:34 PM
Will iFolder suffice my needs? Users should be able to sit in any PC and their work folders to be synced with a centralized server. The authentication used is AD.

namdung
April 2nd, 2009, 06:10 AM
NFS has done the trick. Thanks all.