SUMMARY: propagating password changes

From: Darryl Pace <>
Date: Fri Oct 18 2002 - 12:02:24 EDT
	Thank you for the flood of helpful replies.  My original
question, followed by a synopsis of the answers I received, are both

-- Darryl

-----Original Message-----
Subject: propagating password changes

            What are some good methods by which changes in the password
file can be propagated through a server farm, other the NIS or NIS+?
What do you think about rcp?  What other methods would you suggest?

1. rdist (piped through ssh) - remote file distribution program

2. Your best bet is to use scp with passpharseless keys. If you have a
large number of hosts your better bet is to use nis+ or ldap.

3. Check out cfengine. You can download it from

4. Do you want changes in password files, or do you want network
authentication?  LDAP is suited for the second.  rsync for the first (if
you really, really want to do stuff like that).  Use rsync over ssh for

5. You could try a program called "estelnet".  This is freeware from

6. Kerboros

7. nss_ldap and pam_ldap
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