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Controlling SSH Access via SSSD and Group Policy

As you may have surmised by now, I am a big fan of SSSD.  One recent addition to this utility was the ability to control SSH access via an active directory group policy.  Yes, you read that right.  You can control SSH access by the placement of the system's computer account within active directory which can then determine what group policies are applied.  In the heterogeneous environments that most of us work in, this just might make your life a bit easier AND impress your Windows admin friends!

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MySQL Authentication Using SSSD and Active Directory or LDAP

Someone recently asked me if it was possible to log into MySQL running on Linux using an active directory account.  "Interesting idea", I thought to myself so I set out to see if I could make it work.  Turns out it wasn't all that hard to do.  Time for the usual disclaimer.  I have only tested this in my home lab but I know of no reason why this wouldn't work for you.  With that said, let's dig in!

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux Updates Database

If you run Red Hat Enterprise Linux and can't yet justify the cost of the Red Hat Satellite product, this post might be of interest to you.  Many admins in this situation will set up a local Red Hat yum repository and point all their systems at it for updates but in this scenario, how do you know what systems need what updates?

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