[OpenAFS] Re: kaserver deperecation, OpenAFS future, etc...

Jason Edgecombe openafs@rampaginggeek.com
Thu, 19 Oct 2006 09:10:16 -0400


I would like to give additional weight to Owen's words.

I'm a new AFS admin and want to make some observations.

1. There isn't a lot of good documentation on how to set up AFS with 
Kerberos 5. All of the AFS online books still use kaserver.

I am currently working on setting up an AFS test cell with kaserver for 
a few reasons:
1. My first attempt with kerberos 5 failed
2. The documentation for setting up AFS with kaserver is better
3. It mirrors the process that the uncc.edu cell has undergone and gives 
me a better understanding of that process and the history of our cell.

I do plan to migrate my test cell to kerberos 5, but I think that doing 
the process in stages will be more helpful.

Jason Edgecombe
College of Engineering, UNCCharlotte

Dr A V Le Blanc wrote:
> There have been a number of messages posted here about kaserver,
> all of them quite informative.  I would like to add a footnote,
> as it were.
> We had a cell using kaserver from 1991 up to 2005.  We would have
> changed long ago, but we had so many admin tools, backup jobs,
> cron jobs, etc tied into the old setup that it was a major project
> to upgrade the system.  When we did, it was _very_ useful to
> be able to create a number of test cells using kaserver, and to
> upgrade them to Kerberos V in various ways.  I would certainly like
> to see warnings to discourage people from installing the kaserver,
> but it certainly needs to survive long enough for everyone who
> is still running it to move to Kerberos V in an orderly fashion.
> Of course, like us, many people with installed systems using the
> kaserver might be slow to upgrade, and might need prodding of some
> kind.
>      -- Owen
>      LeBlanc@mcc.ac.uk
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