Creating user accounts....

Jeffrey B. Layton laytonjb at
Thu Feb 13 15:33:13 EST 2003


   I personally prefer files. You make the account on the master
node and then copy /etc/passwd, /etc/group, /etc/shadow, etc.
to all of the nodes. It's worked well for us so far on several
clusters (16 nodes, 64 nodes, 65 nodes, 26 nodes, 288 nodes).

Good Luck!


>What is the best way to create and manage user accounts on Beowulf,
>Is there a way that you create account on Master node and all the slave node
>will get information from Master node only.
>I was thinking of NIS, if you use NIS then still so you have to create
>account on all the nodes.
>Jai Rangi
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