33.0 Configuring eDirectory Authentication
You can use Novell® Linux User Management (LUM) to configure SUSE® Linux Enterprise Desktop workstations on your network so that users can log in
to them using their Novell eDirectory™ usernames and passwords instead
of their local Linux workstation usernames and passwords. Using LUM and
eDirectory to manage user login information eliminates the need to create
local users in the /etc/passwd and
/etc/shadow files on each SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop workstation. It
also simplifies user account management by consolidating user accounts into a
central point of administration.
You can use eDirectory tools and technologies to manage access to Linux
resources on the network. After authenticating, users have the rights and
privileges specified in eDirectory. These are the same rights and privileges
that are typically stored in a local account or redirected to other
authentication methods, such as NIS. The user account information stored in
eDirectory lets users access file and printer resources on your network.
Users can log in to SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop workstations using access methods such as login, ftp,
ssh, su, rsh, rlogin, xdm (KDE), and gdm (GNOME). They only need to enter
their familiar eDirectory username and password. They do not have to remember
their full context—LUM searches out the correct user in eDirectory.
This chapter guides you through the steps required to set up a SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop
workstation to use eDirectory authentication, which includes configuring the
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop workstation for eDirectory authentication and enabling users on the
eDirectory server. For more detailed information on LUM and on configuring
your eDirectory 8.6.x,
8.7.x, or 8.8.x server
to use LUM, see the
Linux User Management Technology Guide.