Monday, July 18, 2011

Basic LDAP Configuration on CentOS

LDAP today is a standard for central authentication solution, it is a very complex subject with hundreds of features and configurable options. In this short tutorial I will not try to explain the concepts of LDAP but rather demonstrate a quick way of setting up & configuring LDAP server (OpenLDAP in our case) on CentOS 6 machine, so lets start:

#yum -y install openldap openldap-servers openldap-clients migrationtools

2)Configure administrator password:

Copy the hashed password into:
Uncomment the line starts with rootpw and paste the output hashed password like this:
rootpw {SSHA}NJWxZ6g/z9tCJZWZzuPFAN4Uo1AQokU8

3)Next in the same file, set your DN:

Save changes and exit.

4)Open /etc/openldap/ldap.conf

... and add the following lines:
BASE dc=yourdomain,dc=com

Save changes and exit.

5)Copy the example DB file to your DIT directory:
#cp /usr/share/doc/openldap-servers-2.4.19/DB_CONFIG.example /var/lib/ldap/DB_CONFIG

6)Make sure ldap is started on desired run-levels + start the server:
#chkconfig slapd on
#/etc/init.d/slapd start

7)Edit /usr/share/migrationtools/
Rename the following lines with your credentials:
$DEFAULT_MAIL_DOMAIN = "dc=yourdomain,dc=com";
$DEFAULT_BASE = "dc=yourdomain,dc=com";

Save the file.

8)Generate LDIF file with the previously edited perl script:
/usr/share/migrationtools/ > /etc/openldap/yourdomain.ldif

9)Configure LDAP server logging in syslog configuration, open:/etc/syslog.conf

...and add the following lines:
#LDAP Logging
local4.debug          /var/log/slapd.log

Hup the syslog service:
#kill -HUP $(cat /var/run/

Restart LDAP service:
#/etc/init.d/slapd restart

Basic configuration is done, let's try to add an object and make a search:

#ldapadd -x -a -W -D  "cn=Manager,dc=yourdomain,dc=com" -f /etc/openldap/yourdomain.ldif

*lots of objects being added*

Restart the service:
#/etc/init.d/slapd restart

Next, make a general search (for any objectclass):
#ldapsearch -x -b "dc=yourdomain,dc=com" "objectclass=*" 

# extended LDIF
# LDAPv3
# base <> with scope subtree
# filter: cn=Manager,dc=yourdomain,dc=com
# requesting: objectclass=*

# search result
search: 2
result: 0 Success

# numResponses: 1

You should be able to see all the object classes of your LDAP DB.

Well this is just the basics to  get you going, feel free to explore further...


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