(I couldn't really choose an accurate title as I don't know exactly what the feature I'm looking for is called. Sorry about that. I hope that the following lines may clear this aspect.)
I own a dozen PCs, mostly running UNIX-based OSes (FreeBSD and various flavors of GNU/Linux), with a few running Windows 7 or Windows XP.
I'd like to begin centralizing all my data on one machine running FreeBSD as well as acting as my NAS with ZFS.
Furthermore I'd like to have a central system to manage users, password, groups that are common to some (or all) of my machines. Basically I'd like to edit my password on the master server and then being able to login on any of my PCs using the new password (without needing to update dozens of times the same user's password). I think as far as this goes that's what LDAP (or maybe even Kerberos?) does, though I'm not sure about the Windows support.
My questions are the following
- What should I use for a home-based environment with 1-3 human users (beside all UNIXes users like root, ...)? LDAP / Kerberos / Windows Server 2008?
- Does (the one on point 1.) support Windows 7 / Windows XP acting as client?
I already plan to mount shares on each PC I work on via Samba, which would provide a centralized and redundant data storage.
I hope I explained in a clear way what I'd like to do. I'm sorry if I got some technical terms wrong. Please don't hesitate to reply or ask for clarifications.