PAM, Name Service and Active Directory Interoperability

We have announced various projects that address PAM (Pluggable Authentication Modules) enhancements, Name Service enhancements, Simplified Management tools and Active Directory Interoperability on OpenSolaris. See the overview.
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We could really use a decent admin tool for the Directory Server... tried Sun Management Console (SMC) on Solaris 9 for DS5.2 and it was unusable. Directory Editor (from the Enterprise version of DS) is way too heavy & complex in setup for a department... requires an app server. I just want to easily add POSIX users, groups, etc. to DS5.2, so we can replace NIS with LDAP. The LDAP admin console can't/shouldn't do this, either.

Posted by David Strom on April 18, 2006 at 04:57 AM PDT #

Will pam_unix and pam_ldap be enhanced to use persistent connections to back-end sources (e.g., LDAP)? The current versions open dozens of TCP connections per login session, which seems extremely wasteful.

Posted by Matty on April 18, 2006 at 05:34 AM PDT #

Dave, We are not addressing directory server admin interface in these project. For DS related admin GUI enhancements, you probably have to wait for the next version of Directory server (i.e 6.0) which is currently in beta.

Posted by baban on April 21, 2006 at 09:47 AM PDT #

Matty, Yes. We will address the LDAP connection issue. You can participate in the discussion by subscribing to sparks-discuss <at> opensolaris <dot> com

Posted by baban on April 21, 2006 at 09:49 AM PDT #

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