What I have:
- Workstations running Ubuntu Jaunty mounting /home on a remote NFS server. User accounts are still created locally on each individual workstation.
- Workstations running Windows XP / Vista
- NFS server (as noted above)
- Windows 2008 server
- All machines share a single private network (LAN).
What I need to accomplish:
A single, intuitive (GUI driven) place for an office administrator to create user accounts. This should let anyone login to their (linux or windows) workstation, then fire up remote desktop and use the same login to the Windows 2008 server, from any machine on the network.
I have read so much on samba, LDAP vs AD, etc and now I'm even more confused than I was before I began researching the problem. Ideally, Linux and Windows users should be able to get to their local files once logged into the Win2008 server. I am a programmer, not an interoperability guru and I'm completely lost on where to even start trying to accomplish this, plus I've run out of things to Google.
How would you do this? Is it even possible?
MacOS is not a consideration. Dealing with personal laptops ends at assigning them an IP when they plug in. I'm concerned only with Linux / Windows workstations that exist on an entirely different subnet.