Installing & Configuring OpenDS 2.2 on Ubuntu 10.04

Recently, I’ve needed to setup an open source centralized authentication server. After research and testing some of the options, I settled on OpenDS, and while I’m leery of anything running Java, I’ll admit… OpenDS is really nice. Most importantly, getting it up and running is a piece of cake.

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Samba and LDAP DO NOT MIX

Recently I was tasked with helping a company implement a centralized authentication system, and they wanted to go all open source. This isn’t unreasonable in my book, though it is a little unusual. Of course the words “Open Source Authentication” directly translates to LDAP, the only question is which LDAP software you’re going to use. There are a number of options including OpenLDAP (slapd), Fedora Directory Server (389), OpenDS, Apache Directory Server, and a handful of smaller projects. On top of the LDAP directory they wanted me to add a number of services including email and file sharing. This is the story of how Samba sucks…

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