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I'm new about Ubuntu server and Linux networks. I want to use Ubuntu Server for sharing folders, but especially to work in a team to develop software. If possible I would like that client can authenticate to server at start (like domain users of microsoft active directory). I found many guides but unfortunately there are so many things that I can not understand, for example LDAP, SSH, NTS, LTSP Server, Thin and Fat clients. Can anyone help me understand what I should install according to my needs? Thanks

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Rather broad question. Are you looking to simply share files behind a password protected system? Is all this done inside a single LAN? –  Matthew Williams May 28 '14 at 13:41
    
Are most of your clients Windows machines? Are you looking at setting up a domain? Do you need to lock down machines using policies? Do you need to add printers to machines? Although a Linux server can do most of this and for almost zero cost, for simplicity it will be easier to install a Windows Server domain controller... I've set up both and for sheer simplicity (at a bit of a cost) Windows Server won't cause you problems down the line. Linux server networks can sometimes need specialist knowledge and this can be costly in labour charges. –  Big Chris May 28 '14 at 13:44
    
If Matthew Smith's comment is closer to the mark then that's easily set up. –  Big Chris May 28 '14 at 13:45
    
I'm looking for share files behind a password and setting up SSH. Mercurial-server needs ssh to push from client and I don't understand very well how it works. For a simple file sharing and ssh login what should I install? –  pat May 28 '14 at 14:49

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