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Hello everyone, 

Let me introduce myself. My name is Ivan, I am sysadmin
and a postgraduate student ant the University of Sydney, Australia (the 
country of the best Olympic ice skate racers of all time).

I am completely new to the idea of OpenLDAP and need lots of 
advice. I managed to create a couple of Linux based undergraduate labs in 
our department using RH and Debian Linux flavors.

Everything works great all undergrads are now using
Linux/OpenOffice(StarOffice) and other soft for the class work. As a last
touch I would like to implement some sort of centralized authentication
service. I was not recommenced to use NIS in our environment, too
insecure. I read on the web, that the openldap has being successfully used
for this and many other purposes.

I installed latest available rpm ...-21 and now are trying to do the 

Would greatly appreciate if one can advice to me a good book keeping in 
mind that I am sysadmin, not a programmer.
Any sites where examples of conf for openldap for user authentication
are given will be very appreciated.

If somebody have an experience with setting openldap in a small university
department and would like to share his/her wisdom, their advice will be 
highly appreciated.

My first question:

1) I have wrappers installed and I am blocking any requests coming from 
outside of my domain. I found, however that openldap server only works if 
I allow ALL to access my ldap server. 

If I try to restrict ldap to my subnet by putting an IP range and try
ldapsearch -x -b '' -s base '(objectclass=*)' namingContexts I get:
ldap_bind: Can't contact LDAP server

Is this is normal?

For all other services I can put an IP range from which connections are 

Thank you.


Ivan Teliatnikov,
F05 David Edgeworth Building,
Department of Geology and Geophysics,
School of Geosciences,
University of Sydney, 2006

e-mail: ivan@es.usyd.edu.au
ph:  061-2-9351-2031 (w)
fax: 061-2-9351-0184 (w)