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This Month's Meeting

Tuesday, 24 February, 2015 at 7 PM
Presentation room at Four Athens
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Introductory topic:

LDAP: The little black book for your network
Jeff Deroshia

If you have more than one computer in your home or office network, you can save at least half the time administering the computers by centralizing user accounts/passwords, home directories and other network mounts, as well as host information in a single database. Using LDAP, you can create/update accounts, etc. in a single location and have it distributed to all the computers in your network. In this introductory talk, I will discuss what LDAP is and how it can be used to simplify your life, at least regarding system administration.

Advanced topic:

Using LDAP to centralize the management of user accounts and hosts on your network
Jeff Deroshia

If you have to manage more than one computer in a network environment, the simplest task, such as adding a user or changing a user's password, can quickly become a hassle if it needs to be repeated for every machine. Your best option is to store account and host information in a directory service that is accessible to all the machines on your network. Enter the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol, or LDAP. In this talk I will discuss setting up an LDAP server as the central repository for your account/host information as well as configuring your networked machines to get their account/host information from the ldap server.