So yeah, today so far is cool. forget about all that shit from before… I just scored big. Non-geeks or people who don’t like computers, feel free to ignore this post. Infact, for all your benifits, I’ll put it in the extended entry part.
So yeah, here at the jschool, we are auth-ing clients with a program called MacAdmin, and likewise watching print credits the same way. It’s janky, and it’s OS9.x only. Those of you who have seen our labs know we have a very high number of nice machines capable and wanting to run OSX. So, we want to switch. We’ve been trying and trying to get some sort of auth server up that would handle user directories, permissions, etc. We chose ldap, of course, but we just couldn’t get it to work. We thought, “f*cking apple… they produce something that doesn’t work”. Happened before… why not now?
Time goes by, and we want to kill one of our NT4 servers that is acting as a print/file server. So, we go to move that to an Xserve. I fiddle, nothing. Samba is hosed on the box. So I say “f*ck it” and reformat and reinstall the OS on the machine. Yesterday, I get print serving to work on the server… so now it can take over serving printers. We also are thinking of using this to offset the lab problems I was talking about in a previous post.
So today, I think to myself, “What if those ldap problems were another symptom of the OS being hosed on that server?” I go in, I create an account to test with, I set up our crashbox with the settings to auth against that server, reboot, and VIOLA!!! we authed. Oh god, I was so ready to cream myself (not really). So yeah… my major project for the summer has now started up again… which is getting the backend ready for migrating our labs to OSX. I CAN’T WAIT!!!! all that power unleashed (cliche). Plus, I think I’m going to be using the idle time of those machines for distributed.net. I’ve already regained control of the University of Oregon team, and I think I’m going to create an sojc (School of Journalism and Communication) account to take credit for the work. Way I figure it, we should be in the #2 or #3 spot (for the entire RC-72 project) easily by just using 2 of our labs. Not too shabby.
So lay back, have a beer, and cheers to ldap. Oh, and cheers to Apple for proving that generally, the stuff they make (or impliment), works. Oh, and last but not least… if all else fails… BURF (BackUp ReFormat)!