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I am planning to roll out a handful of Ubuntu workstations. We have a Debian (samba) fileserver.

I would like to offer a hot-desk situation whereby users could go to any of these ubuntu machines, log on with their username, and pickup their desktop environment.

The server is not high spec; I want programs to run on the desktops, not virtualised on the server or anything like that.

Is this a straight forward thing to do? What technologies or options do I have?

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I could mount /home on the server (samba or nfs). I could write a script to sync all users in /etc/passwd and /etc/shadow with (say) uid>2000 with a list from the server. Then people would be able to log in (their local machine would have their credentials), and their $HOME would be on the server.

Crude, but perhaps it could work?

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Can you help with the script to sync all the users in /etc/passwd and /etc/shadow ?? –  Muhammad Ahmad Zafar Apr 10 '13 at 5:57
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