[SATLUG] SOHO LDAP

Greg Swift gregswift at gmail.com
Sun Jan 24 14:25:20 CST 2010


On Sun, Jan 24, 2010 at 14:15, Frank Huddleston <fhuddles at gmail.com> wrote:

> Greetings,
>
>  Has anyone here  implemented a multi-computer configuration using LDAP? If
> so, I'd like to hear about it.
> I remember about 1999-2000, Novell was sellling a kind of LDAP application
> that would do pretty much what the MS Active Directory does,
> but with a more eclectic set of clients. I don't know what happened to
> that: do any of you?
> I think I heard that Red Hat might also have some kind of application like
> that, and of course there is Active Directory, but that does require MS
> computers
> to run it, and I don't know how well it works with non-MS clients.
>  I think Apple's OS X server uses some kind of LDAP directory, but, being
> OS X Server, is rather expensive, and expected to run on a Mac.
> A few years ago, I tried something that was called the "NetInfo Bridge",
> which was an application that was designed to allow interoperability between
> the OS X NetInfo, which is (or was?) some kind of quasi-LDAP system, and
> LDAP, in this case Open LDAP, I think. I had compilation or installation
> problems with my version of
> OS X, which by then I think was not the latest, and I think the NetInfo had
> changed some between the OS X releases. I messed with it for a while, then
> went on to other things, as so often happens.
>
> So, I often hear people suggest using LDAP when I ask these multi-computer
> configuration and management issues, but now I'm asking: have any of you
> actually implemented such a thing, and if so, please tell me/us about it.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Frank Huddleston
>
>
 I've not gotten the chance to play with it, but the old Netscape Directory
Server is now the Fedora Directory Server, which is the base of the project
FreeIPA.  You can check it out at http://freeipa.org  Its currently in alpha
run for the 2.0 version.

-greg


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