Deploying OpenLDAP

Deploying OpenLDAP

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by Tom Jackiewicz
     
 

For all the work and time invested in using LDAP, not enough time has been spent designing the layout and the logic of directories. End users and system architects often do not give appropriate attention to the deployment of LDAP as a standards-based system with interfacing ability. Thus, many of LDAPs best features—especially OpenLDAP—become unusable.

Overview

For all the work and time invested in using LDAP, not enough time has been spent designing the layout and the logic of directories. End users and system architects often do not give appropriate attention to the deployment of LDAP as a standards-based system with interfacing ability. Thus, many of LDAPs best features—especially OpenLDAP—become unusable.

As a remedy, Deploying OpenLDAP delves into the logic, theories and fundamentals of directories. The text focuses on open standards, rather than proprietary systems, which are expensive and incompatible with other systems. If you already know advanced programming implementation, but don't fully understand how all pieces fit together, then this book will go beyond explaining “what is,” and instead show you “how to.”

Table of Contents

  1. Assessing Your Environment
  2. Understanding Data Definitions
  3. Implementing Deployment, Operations, and Administration Strategies
  4. Installing OpenLDAP
  5. Implementing OpenLDAP
  6. Scripting and Programming LDAP
  7. Integrating at the System Level
  8. Integrating OpenLDAP with Applications, User Systems, and Client Tools

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590594131
Publisher:
Apress
Publication date:
11/04/2004
Series:
Apress Series
Edition description:
2005
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 9.25(d)

Meet the Author

Tom Jackiewicz is responsible for global LDAP and e-mail architecture at a Fortune 100 company. Over the past 12 years, he has worked on the e-mail and LDAP capabilities of the Palm VII, helped architect many large-scale ISPs servicing millions of active e-mail users, and audited security for a number of Fortune 500 companies.

Jackiewicz has held management, engineering, and consulting positions at Applied Materials, Motorola, and Winstar GoodNet. Jackiewicz has also published articles on network security and monitoring, IT infrastructure, Solaris, Linux, DNS, LDAP, and LDAP security. He lives in San Francisco's Mission neighborhood, where he relies on public transportation plus a bicycle to transport himself to the office fashionably late.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Whatever happened to the glorious dreams for X.500 and X.400? Roughly speaking, as explained in the book, they were found by many to be simply too cumbersome and overreaching. LDAP and its latest incarnation as OpenLDAP, has largely supplanted X.500 in terms of actual implementation. I recommend the book's Introduction as a succinct history of how LDAP arose in the 90s. It summarises the many RFCs that went out for it and X.500. Gradually, we see the convergence to today's state of affairs. Which the rest of the book explains in detail. Amusingly, we find that at one point, the X.500 proponents were expecting it to supplant TCP/IP!? Such amazing conceit. Well, LDAP blew it away. You get advice on installing OpenLDAP. Which is actually pretty straightforward. An experienced sysadmin will not have any problems here. Then there follow several chapters on running it and also writing code to program it. OpenLDAP comes with an API that does require some explanations. Luckily, the API can be accessed via calls in several languages like C and Java. Perl examples are also supplied. The author is commendably ecumenical about supplying example code in several languages. In keeping with the open source spirit of this project.