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OpenSuSE 11.1 Quick Start Guide
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5.7 Changing the User Authentication Method

When your machine is connected to a network, you can change the authentication method you set during installation. The following options are available:

NIS

Users are administered centrally on a NIS server for all systems in the network. For details, see Section 25.0, Using NIS, (↑ Reference ).

LDAP

Users are administered centrally on an LDAP server for all systems in the network. For details about LDAP, see Section 26.0, LDAP—A Directory Service, (↑ Reference ).

You can manage LDAP users with the YaST user module. All other LDAP settings, including the default settings for LDAP users, have to be defined with the YaST LDAP client module as described in Section 26.4, Configuring an LDAP Client with YaST, (↑ Reference ) .

Kerberos

With Kerberos, a user registers once and then is trusted in the complete network for the rest of the session.

Samba

SMB authentication is often used in mixed Linux and Windows networks.

To change the authentication method, proceed as follows:

  1. Open the User and Group Administration dialog in YaST.

  2. Click the Authentication Settings tab to show an overview of the available authentication methods and the current settings.

  3. To change the authentication method, click Configure and select the authentication method you want to modify. This takes you directly to the client configuration modules in YaST. For information about the configuration of the appropriate client, refer to the following sections:

  4. After accepting the configuration, return to the User and Group Administration overview.

  5. Click Finish to close the administration dialog.

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