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RE: OpenLDAP in Production

Look at Amazon. There will come out one in June. It's called The Abc's of


> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Adam Tauno Williams [SMTP:adam@morrison-ind.com]
> Sent:	mercoledì 26 febbraio 2003 17:20
> To:	Howard Chu
> Cc:	'Brian K. Jones'; 'ldap list'
> Subject:	RE: OpenLDAP in Production
> >Sounds like that book is very much out of date. It's a shame,
> Addison-Wesley
> >contacted me a year or two ago about writing an OpenLDAP book and I
> didn't
> >have time to pursue it. One of these days...
> I'm in the process of writing one.
> >The degree of polish in the tools and docs is somewhat immaterial in the
> end.
> >You still need to be well-versed in X.500 and LDAP to make effective use
> of a
> >directory, no matter who the software comes from. You still need
> expertise or
> >support, but with OpenLDAP you don't need to pay ludicrous per-entry
> license
> >fees. Bottom line - there are many businesses out there migrating to
> >OpenLDAP, away from Sun/Netscape/iPlanet/Novell/whatever.
> Yep, the biggest hurdle to using LDAP effectively is understand what it
> is, and
> what it is not.
> >I was thumbing through the pages of an LDAP book in the bookstore and
> came
> >across a paragraph about OpenLDAP, which said:
> >"...I personally know of people who have done significant testing and
> >prototyping work using these products. However, I know of nobody who has
> yet
> >trusted them to support his or her business applications. Bottom line: If
> you
> >want to play with compiling and modifying your own LDAP server, this is a
> >good place to start."
> >This is discouraging, as I had planned to put OpenLDAP into production,
> after
> >evaluating eDir and, to a lesser extent, the Sun product.  Aside from GUI
> >tools and docs (which I don't have a particularly dire need for), where
> is
> >OpenLDAP lacking compared to eDir and Sun?  Why shouldn't I put this into
> >production?  
> We've been using OpenLDAP in production since 1.2.x.  It powers
> authentication,
> authorization, mail delivery, DNS, DHCP, address books, etc...  Never had
> slapd
> crash, not once.