Dec 302011

A while back, I described a method for authenticating CentOS and RHEL servers to Active Directory using LDAP.  While this approach is easy to set up and works right out of the gate, there are a few drawbacks to it that I’ve run across:

  • Changing passwords from the Linux server does not work unless you set up LDAP over TLS/SSL, which I’ve found very difficult (though not impossible!) to accomplish
  • While changing the passwords does work, it can be very user unfriendly.  In particular error messages given are very cryptic to the lay user.  Unless you are in IT, you’re not going to know or care about the LDAP error codes that are reported back, nor are you going to want to research what the appropriate character classes are for the AD passwords so that you can choose from at least three of them appropriately.

In this article, I’ll describe how to use winbind to join your Linux server to a Microsoft Active Directory and become a domain member.

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Dec 052011
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Recently, I wanted to use the built-in iSight on my Mac under my Windows 7 virtual machine that I run under VMware Fusion.  I figured that the VMware Tools would have installed drivers for it, but this is not the case.  Under normal circumstances, you’d need to run Boot Camp Assistant located under /Applications/Utilities and have it download the drivers and burn them to a CD for you.  For some reason, this wasn’t working in my set up as Boot Camp Utility kept giving me an error that it couldn’t modify my disk’s partitions to work with Boot Camp properly.  That’s great, but I didn’t really want it to do anything with my partitions anyways since I’m just planning on installing the drivers and not building a separate Boot Camp install of Windows.   Continue reading »