[Beowulf] NIS to LDAP gateway

Michael Joyner mjoyner at vbservices.net
Sat Feb 11 09:53:34 EST 2006


SAMBA ? (winbind + getent + ypserv)

Andrew D. Fant wrote:
> The talk of NIS servers has raised a question I had been meaning to ask.  Does
> anyone know about a NIS/LDAP gateway?  Our cluster's compute nodes are all on a
> private network that is isolated from the primary network here.  Currently, we
> manage passwords and accounts by just copying the password, group, and shadow
> files from the user node to the compute nodes on a regular basis.  NIS was not
> used out of somewhat misplaced fears about it's insecurity.  We are under a
> mandate now to start using the enterprise LDAP directory for authorization and
> authentication on the cluster.  I really don't want to have to set up a
> full-fledged LDAP environment on the head node, or change my address space and
> start routing packets between the cluster and the outside world.  I've heard
> rumors that there are daemons out there that can connect to LDAP on one side
> and that act like ypserv on the other side and translate and route getpwent()
> and related requests between the two worlds.  Has anyone actually seen and/or
> used this beastie? Alternately, has anyone ever set up an LDAP proxy for use
> inside a cluster?  The only packet routing we have between the outside world
> and the cluster is currently daemon based on the management node, and I dread
> adding packet forwarding to the iptables configuration on the head nodes and
> becoming a perceived competitor to our networking group.
>
> Thanks,
> 	Andy
>
>
>   

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