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Integrating UNIX and Microsoft

A 5 day
training course
**Due to the current COVID-19 isolation rules all our courses are being delivered via virtual instructor led learning until further notice**

Integrating UNIX and Microsoft training course description

This course is designed for the enterprise-level UNIX professional and represents the highest level of professional, distribution-neutral UNIX certification within the industry.

It covers administering UNIX enterprise-wide with an emphasis on mixed environments.

Key outcomes from this course

By the end of the course delegates will be able to:
  • Configure and troubleshoot OpenLDAP.
  • Use OpenLDAP as an authentication backend.
  • Manage software packages.
  • Use Samba
    • Share configuratio
    • User and group management
    • Domain integration
    • Name services
    • with Linux and Windows clients

Integrating UNIX and Microsoft training course details

Who will benefit:
Enterprise-level UNIX professionals.
UNIX network administration.
5 days

Training approach

This structured training course seeks to build upon workbook learning through the use of group exercises, dynamic discussion and individual tasks in order to deliver an engaging and interactive module that will ensure all candidates are able to transfer their new skills into the workplace.

Overall ratings:

Customer reviews

"I’ve found it very useful and the course was very well put together and delivered."
D. M. Paradigm
"Course was tailored to our requirements. Very flexible."
R. B. Serco DNS

Integrating UNIX and Microsoft training course contents


OpenLDAP replication
Replication concepts, OpenLDAP replication, replication log files, replica hubs, LDAP referrals, LDAP sync replication.

Securing the Directory
Securing the directory with SSL and TLS, Firewall considerations, Unauthenticated access methods, User/password authentication methods, Maintanence of SASL user DB, certificates.

OpenLDAP Server Performance Tuning
Measure OpenLDAP performance, Tune software configuration to increase performance, indexes.


Integration with PAM and NSS
Configure PAM to use LDAP for authentication, NSS to retrieve information from LDAP and PAM modules in UNIX.

Integrating LDAP with Active Directory and Kerberos
Kerberos integration with LDAP, Cross platform authentication, Single sign-on concepts, Integration and compatibility limitations between OpenLDAP and Active Directory.


Samba Concepts and Architecture
Samba daemons and components, key issues regarding heterogeneous network, Identify key TCP/UDP ports used with SMB/CIFS, Knowledge of Samba3 and Samba4 differences.

Configure Samba
Samba server configuration file structure, variables and configuration parameters, Troubleshoot and debug configuration problems.

Regular Samba Maintenance
Monitor and interact with running Samba daemons, Perform regular backups of Samba configuration and state data.

Troubleshooting Samba
Samba logging, Backup TDB files, Restore TDB files, Identify TDB file corruption, Edit / list TDB file content.

Internationalization character codes and code pages, differences in the name space between Windows and Linux/Unix with respect to share, names, user/group/computer naming in a non-English environment.


Linux File System and Share/Service Permissions
File / directory permission control, Samba interaction with Linux file system permissions and ACLs, Use Samba VFS to store Windows ACLs.

Print Services
Printer sharing, integration between Samba and CUPS, Manage Windows print drivers and configure downloading of print drivers, security concerns with printer sharing.


Managing User Accounts and Groups
User and group accounts, mappings, user account management tools, smbpasswd, file/directory ownership of objects.

Authentication, Authorization and Winbind
Local password database, password synchronization, passdb backends, Convert between passdb backends, Integrate Samba with LDAP, Winbind service, PAM and NSS.


Samba as a PDC and BDC
Domain membership and trust relationships, Create and maintain a PDC and BDC with Samba3/4, Add computers to an existing domain, logon scripts, roaming profiles, system policies.

Samba4 as an AD compatible Domain
Samba 4 as an AD DC, smbclient, how Samba integrates with AD services: DNS, Kerberos, NTP, LDAP.

Configure Samba as a Domain Member Server
Joining Samba to NT4 and AD domains, obtain a TGT from a KDC.


WINS concepts, NetBIOS concepts, local master browser, domain master browser, Samba as a WINS server, name resolution, WINS replication, NetBIOS browsing and browser elections, NETBIOS name types.

Active Directory Name Resolution
DNS for Samba4 as an AD Domain Controller, DNS forwarding with the internal DNS server of Samba4.


CIFS Integration
SMB/CIFS concepts, remote CIFS shares from a Linux client, securely storing CIFS credentials, features and benefits of CIFS, permissions and file ownership of remote CIFS shares.

Working with Windows Clients
browse lists and SMB clients from Windows, Share file/print resources from Windows, the smbclient program, the Windows net utility.

Why Choose Us

SNT trainers score an average of over 90% on the three main areas of:
  • Ability to teach
  • Technical knowledge
  • Answering questions
“Excellently presented by a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic trainer.” P.D. General Dynamics

We limit our maximum class size to 8 delegates; often we have less than this. This ensures optimal interactivity between delegates and instructor.
"Excellent course. The small class size was a great benefit…" M.B. IBM

We write our own courses; courseware does not just consist of slides and our slides are diagrams not bullet point text. A typical chapter provides clearly defined objectives with a chapter overview, slides with text underneath, a quiz at the end to check the learning of the students. Hands on exercises are at the end and are used to reinforce the theory.

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