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Sharing Authentication between Windows and Linux


My company recently purchased a SnapServer NAS device. We are trying to 
migrate all of file server needs to this machine, both for Linux and 
Windows machines. The trick is that to enable NFS for our Unix boxes, 
we need to enable NIS, but to ensure security, we want to make sure 
that the NIS and Windows authentication are syncronized.

We are mostly a Windows shop, and while our sysadmin is surprisingly 
open to Linux solutions, Windows solutions probably are preferred.

Is there anyway to have NIS and SMB authentication hosted by the same 
machine? How would this be setup on Linux? How would we do this with a 
Windows server? Does MS Unix Services provide this?

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