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What is the server process that allows my user settings and project files to be available on any pc I log into in a lab environment?

asked 2012-02-12 14:28:09 -0500

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Is it NIS? I am using multiple references on the internet. Don't know if I am asking in the wrong way, but I am coming up with nothing. The only book I have in my possession is "A practical guide to Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux" but I am having a hard time finding anything in there either. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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answered 2012-02-13 09:59:19 -0500

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What you are asking for is a combination of a universal authentication system and a shared home directory, so that when you login to any configured computer in a lab, your home directory is automounted.

There are quite a few ways to do this, but it does break down into two parts:

Universal Authentication System

  • Your options here are NIS, NIS+, LDAP, or Kerberos.

Shared Home Directory

  • NFS is usually used here, although, AFS/OpenAFS are also used in some large configurations. Autofs or Autodir will handle the automounting on login.

There is a lot of documentation out there on how to set this sort of stuff up, but here are some good starting points:

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