LDAP System Administration
By Gerald Carter
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: March 2003
Pages: 312

Be more productive and make your life easier. That's what LDAP System Administration is all about.System administrators often spend a great deal of time managing configuration information located on many different machines: usernames, passwords, printer configurations, email client configurations, and network filesystem configurations, to name a few. LDAPv3 provides tools for centralizing all of the configuration information and placing it under your control. Rather than maintaining several administrative databases (NIS, Active Directory, Samba, and NFS configuration files), you can make changes in only one place and have all your systems immediately "see" the updated information.Practically platform independent, this book uses the widely available, open source OpenLDAP 2 directory server as a premise for examples, showing you how to use it to help you manage your configuration information effectively and securely. OpenLDAP 2 ships with most Linux® distributions and Mac OS® X, and can be easily downloaded for most Unix-based systems. After introducing the workings of a directory service and the LDAP protocol, all aspects of building and installing OpenLDAP, plus key ancillary packages like SASL and OpenSSL, this book discusses:

  • Configuration and access control
  • Distributed directories; replication and referral
  • Using OpenLDAP to replace NIS
  • Using OpenLDAP to manage email configurations
  • Using LDAP for abstraction with FTP and HTTP servers, Samba, and Radius
  • Interoperating with different LDAP servers, including Active Directory
  • Programming using Net::LDAP
If you want to be a master of your domain, LDAP System Administration will help you get up and running quickly regardless of which LDAP version you use. After reading this book, even with no previous LDAP experience, you'll be able to integrate a directory server into essential network services such as mail, DNS, HTTP, and SMB/CIFS.
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      2.0

      Good, but outdated

      By Bass Dave

      from St. Paul, MN

      About Me Sys Admin

      Pros

      • Helpful examples

      Cons

      • Outdated Openldap Info

      Best Uses

      • Intermediate

      Comments about oreilly LDAP System Administration:

      When I bought this book, shortly after it's release, it was top notch. I was hoping to find a new edition that covered more recent versions of OpenLDAP. OpenLDAP has changed to storing configuration in the LDAP database rather than plain text files. This book only covers the old style configuration. So, while the book does a good job of covering LDAP in general, it's no longer useful as a reference in configuring and managing an OpenLDAP installation.

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      1.0

      dated material, needs an update

      By max

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        • Not comprehensive enough
        • Too basic
        • Too many errors

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          Comments about oreilly LDAP System Administration:

          I bought the ebook hoping to quickly learn openldap, unfortunately the material is dated in many areas and many important topics in it could be covered much better. It still have some good value but I wouldn't recommend it.

          Also the material presentation is very dry, despite being a small book it is difficult to read it all without falling asleep.

          There are other books that are much better. I regret buying this book, I hope someone else will learn from my mistake. If you are still unable to find a good book on ldap just use the official openldap documentation.

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          4.0

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          By SailorCire

          from St. Louis, MO

          About Me Student, Sys Admin

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          Pros

          • Easy to understand
          • Helpful examples
          • Well rounded

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          • Could be better organized

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          Comments about oreilly LDAP System Administration:

          A VERY good introduction to OpenLDAP. This slapd.conf is still used (rm -rf /etc/openldap/slapd && touch /etc/openldap/slapd.conf) in Fedora 14.

          I would suggest that in an update it shows how to use the apache mode authnz_ldap, but that can easily be figured out with a quick search on the Web.

          Also, another good package to write about would be smbldap-tools. The PADL scripts are mentioned, but with the smbldap we can have a full functional NT Domain.

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Dated Material

          By chesneyb

          from Washington, DC

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          • Entertaining

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          • Not up to date

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          Comments about oreilly LDAP System Administration:

          Material is dated. slapd.conf is no longer used.
          If a person were to download OpenLdap, they would be very confused by the examples.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great book to introduce and dig fast into OpenLDAP

          By Guillaume

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          Comments about oreilly LDAP System Administration:

          Good overview of LDAP.

          Simple but real and usefull example to pratice OpenLDAP.

          Clear, easy to understand...

          Must be the first book to read when beginning with LDAP.

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          By Sean Hogston

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          Comments about oreilly LDAP System Administration:

          So your thinking about LDAP. Instead of wasting hours looking through incomplete LDAP documentation on the web, give this book a try. LDAP System Administration will help you get up and going fast. The book mainly discusses the use of OpenLDAP but most of the information should be helpful with any LDAP server.

          There are great sections to help you configure LDAP for use with services like Samba, NIS, and Email. This book even helps with information on not so common topics like SASL.

          LDAP System Administration is a book every SysAdmin should have in their library.

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