for a development test bed I need to attach ANY linux machiene to a test AD Domain and do single sign on through it. Is there a Linux Distro that is easy to connect to AD?
perhaps it was a silly question, this was stupid simple.
then ssh 'DOMAIN\username'@hostname and poof single sign on magic!
EDIT: today (June 2010) the likewise-open package is missing a dependency on psmisc so you have to run this first:
if you already installed likewise-open then:
need to add the AD DNS server as the hosts dns server first, and set the hostname.
On RHEL or CentOS 4 or newer the following command will reconfigure the auth system and join AD. You can remove the flag for PAM /etc/security/access.conf if you don't want to configure it but I find that not everyone with a valid AD account should be allowed onto every host, only members of certain AD groups. I believe there is also a flag to configure winbind to allow disconnected authentication, for laptops and such which need to log in when not on the network.
Actually any Linux distro with a current Samba install should be able to be joined to a Windows domain. As mentioned Likewise on Ubuntu makes it extremely easy to get it up and working but I found that it worked best if I didn't have Likewise AND Samba installed otherwise they tried to fight one another.
Samba would be a more involved installation process as Likewise appears to be solely a NSS plugin of sorts while Samba adds the whole kitchen sink along with it allowing file and printer sharing to be made available.