Synchronizing W2K Passwords

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gunny

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Greetings

I have a rather elaborate home network and up until recently a workgroup approach has been adequate. The users (the kids and their friends) have accounts on all the machines and it has become impossibel to keep all the machines, their login ids and passwords syncronized.

Establishing a domain controller and setting up active directory appears to be the correct approach, and also the most complex.

Is there another way to keep the accounts syncronized onthe various machines or is Active Directory the only approach?

If so is there a Active Directory primer to walk me thru the changes to the network that are required?

Oh yes there are a coouple of Unix machines on the network as well.

Your assistance and advice are appreciated.


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Squashman

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I have 5 different systems I have to have passwords for at work so we have a Third Party Utility that we launch that changes all of our passwords for us. I will find out where they got it from but it is probably going to cost some money.

You could always disable them having to change there passwords on the machines.

You wouldn't need AD to do what you want to do either. You could run a Domain without AD that will do just fine as well.
 

gunny

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Thanks for the feedback.

If you can post the name of the software that keeps the passwords and userID 's sync'ed that would be great.

In the mean time I installed Server 2003 on to a machine and will create a domain to handle things.

In the end I would proefer a simnpler solution to keeping a windows server around and the program you mentioned sound intriguing.

Gunny
 
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