A Forum reader asked this question:

“We have a number of users on our network that only use Mac’s, so I am wondering how to populate Universal Password (and therefore the dist passwords) for these users.”


As of NetWare 6.5, and really I suppose eDirectory 8.7.x on all platforms, NLDAP supports NMAS for logins. Therefore, an LDAP bind and LDAP password change will follow the Universal Password policy.

Here are a few suggestions you can try:

1) Give them a web app that does a LDAP password change.

2) Use one of the Portal modules as a web interface to change their passwords.

3) Preset a password and tell them to change it this way.

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By: geoffc
Sep 20, 2006
12:00 am
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