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user accounts without server

Discussion in 'Servers and Enterprise Solutions' started by Ish, 12 May 2010.

  1. Ish

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 11 Jan 2006

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    Location: West Midlands

    Hi

    Is it possible to have user accounts that will work on an number of pc's that are not connected to a server?

    There are 10 pc's all connected to a ADSL modem/router via a switch. Is it possible for user accounts to be setup that will work on any of the 10 pc's with the same username/password?

    The reason they don't want a server is because they don't have the knowledge to install or maintain one and they also don't have the finds to pay a support company as it's just a small local community organisation.

    Is there a simpler alternative to SBS server or similar?
     
  2. randal

    Capodecina

    Joined: 1 Oct 2006

    Posts: 12,841

    All Windows machines presumably?

    Can you cobble a low spec PC together, stick a *nix on it and run Samba to act as an auth server? You can also use it as a fileshare if you need. Doddle to configure too. Plus I'm sure you can get a nice web front end for easy management/password resets if needs be.

    Admittedly the above isn't very good practice in an enterprise environment, and not quite what you're after. However it does fit the bill for function, and is fairly low maintenance.
     
  3. Ish

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 11 Jan 2006

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    Location: West Midlands

    Thanks for the idea.

    Yes they are all Windowx machines.

    Does anyone else have any other options I should consider?
     
  4. iaind

    Capodecina

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    Other than creating duplicate accounts on each machine, you need a central store of accounts...otherwise known as a server :)
     
  5. atomiser

    Wise Guy

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  6. Ish

    Wise Guy

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  7. m4cc45

    Soldato

    Joined: 10 Mar 2003

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    Same user names and same passwords on all of the machines would do what you want.



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