SUMMARY: Will NIS+ clients authenticate to an Apple Open Directory Server??

From: Dave Martini 1 <>
Date: Mon May 10 2004 - 19:23:32 EDT
My original question:
The answer is yes.
Open Directory is essentially Open LDAP rebranded from Apple.

Make sure you have the latest update for ldap client if you have
the latest patch cluster for Solaris 9 installed that should include it.

You can select which services you want to query either LDAP or
to NIS+ via the /etc/nsswitch.conf file.

My original question:

I have about 40 Solaris clients ranging from Solaris version
2.5.1 to Solaris 9 and have an NIS+ server that they authenticate to.

Is it possible for Solaris clients to authenticate their logins (username
and groups) to a Macintosh OS X server running Apple's Open Directory?
I'm looking for a single authentication server that will authenticate
both Mac OS X accounts and Solaris accounts. 

I would like the logins (usernames/passwords) that happen from my Solaris clients to authenticate to the Apple Open Directory Server but  still want to
maintain other directory information like netgroups and the auto_home table
to come from my NIS+ server? Is it possible for a Solaris client to have a 
reference to an Apple Open Directory Server for logins but still have the
reference to NIS+ sever (/var/nis/NIS_COLD_START) for other information? I realize that I must be at Solaris 8 or 9 to use LDAP is it the same requirement for Open Directory?

Thank You.
Dave Martini
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Received on Mon May 10 19:23:26 2004

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