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using existing ldap directory

Posted: Fri Feb 25, 2005 11:14 am
by heupink
i know how to have scalix authenticate to an external ldap server, works beautifully.

My question is: It is possible to have ONE ldap database in the institute, containing the users data (full names, addresses, phone, fax, email, picture, etc, etc, etc) and use THAT data in scalix?

What I understand now is: i create users in scalix, scalix put's them in his (her?) own ldap server, and ONLY for authentication, it asks an external server. Meaning I would have two similar ldap directories...

Ideally I would like to onmly create a username on the scalix, and all the rest should come from my already existing ldap database. Is this possible? And howto do this..? (slurpd to synchronise the databases?)

mourik jan

Posted: Tue Mar 01, 2005 3:56 am
by zandrew
Scalix stores its information not in the LDAP but in its own special database called
"DIRECTORY". Omslapd (Scalix "LDAP" server) is just an interface "translating"
LDAP requests to DIRECTORY requests thus providing "standard-based" access
to the Scalix directories.
This interface is "two-way", so You can use directories as LDAP datastore,
but with a lot of restrictions - not all "standard" LDAP features are supported by omslapd,
the process of creating custom schemes is not documented, etc.
But the most important is that omslapd is not designed to be the corporate ldap server.

Posted: Tue Mar 01, 2005 4:45 am
by heupink
so then, if I understand correctly, the 'normal' way of doing things is to create account twice:

1. in corporate ldap
2. in scalix 'ldap'

and in BOTH cases you manually add the details you want.

thanks for replying!

Posted: Tue Mar 01, 2005 4:56 am
by zandrew
you can use omldapsync utility to sync scalix directories and your external ldap server.

Posted: Tue Mar 01, 2005 4:58 am
by heupink