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windows authentication & openldap: explanation.

i've seen posts in the archives mentioning the inability of windows clients (2000, nt) to authenticate domain logins against an openldap directory, but i haven't been able to find any explanations of why. can't windows clients use ldap for their authentication? i thought they used ldap to authenticate against a dc running active directory, is that incorrect? or is this just another case of non-standard implementations? anyway, if someone could give me a clue or at least point me in the right direction i'd really appreciate it. we're probably going to use a samba server as a pdc and then have that check passwords against an ldap server instead of a local password file, but i'm really curious why windows and openldap don't work in this way. thanks in advance,

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