|Rodney -> RE: Active Directory Integration (Jun. 10, '04, 11:31:19 AM)
The two are different. The Vintela product is more comprehensive than what
comes with SFU 3.5. Vintela has a free 60-day demo so you can give it a try.
On the Vintela FAQ page they have the entry:
How does VAS compare with SFU?
SFU includes a number of features, one of which, its ability to act as an NIS server, is another approach to achieve limited integration between Unix and Active Directory. See the document VAS and Microsoft Windows Services for UNIX compared.
(that's a link to http://www.vintela.com/products/vas/docs/VAS_SFU.pdf)
I think (and Mark may correct this later [:)]) that Mark was pointing to Vintela
because you're wanting to integrate with AD. SFU's sol'n is to manage the Unix/Linux
boxes with NIS for passwords. But that limits it's involvment with AD. The Vintela
product, called "VAS", uses LDAP and Kerberos to do the management. AD uses Kerberos.
Reading the above mention PDF may help you. You should learn some more about NIS at
even a broad/conceptual level so you can understand the comparisons. If you're working
with Unix machines to integrate them under AD you're going to have know what they do,
how and why.
Here's a link:
for you to read about NIS. It'll get you the basic definitions.
You should get some NIS reading material too. I can recommend
"Managing NFS and NIS", 2nd Edition, O'Reilly Books, by Hal Stern.