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Re: openldap-2.0.11


I thought I might just offer my two cents in --- since I know the feeling of just getting started with LDAP and it can be overwhelming.. ^_^

Based on what you're asking, it looks like you're ready to build the LDAP tree. Remember that LDAP is an upside down tree (similar to a B-Tree) with the root node being your organization's suffix. So if you'e company is CopperNet Solutions you may consider your suffix to be o=CopperNet Solutions and from there build your sub-branches and nodes so it might look like the following (I'm not sure if this will show up correctly on your e-mail but you may consider copying the tree below and pasting it in MS Word and then changing the font to Courier New to make it fixed width)

                O o=CopperNet Solutions
                 O   O
                  /\     /\
and so on

the second level (or sub-branches as I call them) will be more specific to your organization. For example you have an IT and Marketing department then the first circle will be ou=IT and the other is ou=Marketing and so on and so forth until you build something like

uid=lufomat@coppernet.zm,ou=IT,o=CopperNet Solutions

So to build this in LDAP, you create an LDIF file like the following:

# This creates the root
dn: o=CopperNet Solutions
objectclass: top
objectclass: organization
o: CopperNet Solutions

# this creates the left sub-branch
dn: ou=IT, o=CopperNet Solutions
objectclass: top
objectclass: organizationalunit
ou: IT

# this creates the right sub-branch
dn: ou=Marketing, o=CopperNet Solutions
objectclass: top
objectclass: organizationalunit
ou: Marketing

and so on..

Your best bet is to read the full admin guide in Openldap and also an excellent URL to consult is: http://www.yolinux.com/TUTORIALS/LinuxTutorialLDAP.html

Good luck


At 11:37 AM 11/14/2001 +0200, you wrote:
I have been asked to implement LDAP for searching people.
I have just installed openldap-2.0.11 on linux 7.1 and done the
as explained in the Quick-Start Guide, but i have got to the point where it
says "You are now ready to add more entries using ldapadd". Iam
stuck because am new and i have not used LDAP i do not know what to
add next.
As anybody got LDAP working for the same purpose who can direct me
on what to do next, or avail me the configuration files required to have
it work.
I will appreciate your quick response.


Ted Lufoma                        e-mail: lufomat@coppernet.zm
CopperNET Solutions       URL: www.coppernet.zm
P. O. Box 22149                Tel : 260-2-245087   Fax: 260-2-245734
Kitwe - ZAMBIA.