One of the reasons we use Windows in the office at work is Active Directory. It makes it a piece of cake to bring up a new workstation and have a new or existing user login and do their work. Once all the Applications are installed, a user can login on any workstation and have all their documents and settings available to them.
Is there any way of doing this on Ubuntu?
Sure, there are syncing programs like Ubuntu One that sync the files (and hopefully eventually settings), but as far as I am aware it still requires each workstation the user wishes to log onto to already have their user account set. Also, any time a user changes their password it needs to be changed on each machine the user logs into.
It would also be useful if this applied to servers as well, so a user can SSH into a server and have the same files as on their desktop in their home directory.
Does this sort of ability existing in Ubuntu currently?