I thought I would give a status quick state report. I am currently moving files around my LAN, there are several changes going on in the storage infrastructure. A slight increase in speed will also be seen.
I thought I would do a backup routine with Git when changing configuration files. other Files like photos, music, movies and data with more size will use an SMB/NFS share with rsync for clients and just rsync/SSH with servers. The main problem with backups are the connection reliability and speed. A mobile connection will take ages to finish and might corrupt data. Currently I am using checksums to verify the data but the speed will still be a problem.
I have been experimenting with OpenLDAP and Kerberos as well lately. It is a nice combination which will ease the administration of users in the system. Everything will be nicely integrated between Windows and Unix/Unix-like systems to get a nice consistency when opening the VPN to my end users. I am going to publish a help document on Kerberos and OpenLDAP soon to get a system to work as quick as possible.
I think some of my end users might read this, so I thought I would briefly explain Kerberos and OpenLDAP. Kerberos is a system for authentication which in the log in phase gives the user a ticket to the services in the domain. This gives the user access to all the services without having to supply the password more than once. This is called Single Sign-On (SSO). Kerberos is implemented in Windows since Windows 2000.
OpenLDAP is an open implementation of LDAP which is a directory service. A directory service can hold information about users, computers, printers and more. In this system it will be used to hold user information such as user names, contact information et cetera. When using this it is possible to enter the information about users just once at the server and then it is possible to access that information across all the configured clients.