A Question of User Authentication
OK, so I'm going to be moving house in a few weeks, my permanent internet connection is going to be offline for a week or two, and I'm going to take the opportunity to re-implement my mail/web server and have it do more of the services I actually need.
One of the services I want to roll out is remote user authentication, so we have one set of user accounts on the server, and distributed machines allowing logons using those account details - this must also include home space sharing. It's been a while since I did anything like this; previously I used NIS/YP for authentication and NFS+Samba for home directory sharing. This worked great, but the authentication only worked for Linux machines, and the home directory sharing was not consistent. Now want a more comprehensive solution which will work for both Linux and Windows machines.
Is there anyone here who has experience of these issues that can suggest the best approach? I dont mind reading lots of stuff to make it all work (so feel free to post links to sites with info) but I really dont know enough about this subject to know where to head.
For background info, heres the basic layout for the lan:
Server - CentOS4.2 (probably).
Clients - Machines 1 & 2: dual-boot desktops, FC4 Linux/Windows XP pro, Machine 3: Desktop Windows XP pro, Machine 4: Laptop Dual boot FC4/Windows XP home.