[Bioclusters] Authentication for clusters

Larry Adams ladams at platform.com
Tue Jun 27 09:04:56 EDT 2006


I have one customer investigating a Commercial product called Centrify at www.centrify.com.  It allows users to utilize Active Directory as the authentication model for all hosts without having to extend the Active Directory schema or setup intermediary password replication via another LDAP system.  It might be pricy from a Cluster server perspective.  I really don't know what your budget is and what would be defined as "expensive".

>From what I have been told, it utilizes the Unix/Linux Pluggable Authentication Model (PAM) in conjunction with a connector service to accommodate authentication and also provides Kerberos credential handling.  Since it leverages PAM, it should be pretty compatible with most Linux/Unix hosts.

Larry Adams
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From: bioclusters-bounces+ladams=platform.com at bioinformatics.org [mailto:bioclusters-bounces+ladams=platform.com at bioinformatics.org]On Behalf Of Luigi Manna
Sent: Monday, June 26, 2006 10:19 PM
To: bioclusters at bioinformatics.org
Subject: [Bioclusters] Authentication for clusters


 I am new on the list but not new with Bioclusters. I am trying to
setup an authentication system for our 64 node cluster that integrates
with our web services (all Apache/PHP based) and our desktop management
(mix of XP, Mac OS X and Linux). At the moment there's no authentication
platform for any of these (other then local files). Is there a
commercial solution that you might recommend that integrates
authentication among all these plaforms ? I checked on Vintela and
Novell but I wanted to know what other people are doing. I could just
run a secure OpenLDAP but its management tools leave much to be
desidered and our management prefers commercial tools for businees
continuity purposes.

Any ideas ? Thanks much,

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