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Re: Building a Distributed LDAP tree with replication.

On 10/3/06, sebastien Prouff <sebastien.prouff@laposte.net> wrote:
Hello list,
I have a conception problem with my LDAP and would like to have your
I have to built a LDAP tree.
About 10000 LDAP entry.

These are the points :
- the directory service must be distributed on several sites
- the sites are geographicaly distant and a have internet satellite
connexion between the deported sites and the central site.
- In 12 month, I will have 25 sites to maintain.
- I want to delegate the directory support on each site.
- I want to get the whole LDAP tree on the main site.

/I want to delegate the directory support on each site./
- Because each site is a Samba Controleur for the XP PC. So information
must be first upgrade on the distant site and replicated on the main site.
- Because of delegation also. I can't be the administrator for each branch
/I want to get the whole LDAP tree on the main site.
/Because we want to offer a mail service for the whole tree. The mail
server will be in the main site.
The users will be created on the distributed site by the local
administrators and these informations replicated on the main site.
By this way the mail server will look on the main LDAP server to
authentificate users.

So, I had I deep look in the openldap documentation by It seems to be a
bit odd. Or, my situation is unusual, or I miss a point, or...please help!

Will it be possible to replicated the tree on a subtree?
let me explain.
for example, i have dc=example,dc=org for my main site.
and dc=a,dc=example,dc=org
and dc=b,dc=example,dc=org
for two of the 25 distant sites.

So,     on the main site
                         o   dc=org
                        o   dc=example
                      /   \
                    /       \
      dc=a    o         o   dc=b

on one distant site... o dc=org | o dc=example | o dc=a / | \ / | \ ou ou ou

I want to replicate the sub tree on the main tree.
Should I use rslurpd?
Should I use syncrepl?
Must I use referral?
    - If I use referral, will my mail server be able to search for a
user on a distant directory?

I know my questions are a bit strange but I am quite new on LDAP/open
LDAP and I need gourou's advice.

10000 entries isn't very many. Why not just replicate the entire tree everywhere? If you're new to ldap and openldap, why are you making these decisions? :)

If your master server holds the entire tree and you must split things
up,  you can setup a and b as subordinates, or just different branches
in the same "database" definition.  It's pretty easy to make slurpd or
syncrepl replicate whatever you want, wherever you want it to go.

You can glue remote databases together with slapd-meta.  (actually,
read this entire man page)

It's upto your mail server to follow referrals.