Is LDAP the answer?
curzonj at gmail.com
Mon Nov 28 22:15:21 MST 2005
Thunderbird can't do any updates to LDAP. However phpldapadmin might
work for your situation.
On 11/28/05, Kimball Larsen <kimball at kimballlarsen.com> wrote:
> On Nov 28, 2005, at 3:05 PM, Michael Torrie wrote:
> > On Mon, 2005-11-28 at 11:10 -0700, Kimball Larsen wrote:
> >> Perhaps I'm missing something massive out there (LDAP, perhaps?) but
> >> here goes:
> >> Our organization currently uses Exchange Server for the sole purpose
> >> of sharing contacts in Outlook/Entourage on the desktop.
> >> Is there a free/os linux tool that can do the same thing Exchange
> >> Server is doing for us now? Ie, just supply a way to let Outlook/
> >> Entourage see a shared list of contacts that everyone can update?
> > LDAP certainly can give you a shared list of contacts that everyone
> > can
> > see and search from their e-mail clients (and LDAP-backed address
> > book).
> > In fact right now our department uses our department-wide LDAP server
> > for this purpose, really a fringe benefit of using LDAP for
> > authentication and authorization purposes (all users are in LDAP).
> > The last part of your question is the kicker, though. I simply don't
> > know about allowing end users to do the updates back into LDAP. In
> > theory (and this depends on the mechanisms that the clients use to do
> > updates), you could have each user set up to authenticate to the LDAP
> > server as them selves (this is a standard option in outlook,
> > thunderbird, etc. usually something about binddn), and then set up
> > rules in the ACLs in LDAP to allow users to update certain fields in
> > their own records.
> > LDAP is a broad, nebulous thing. So in large part it is up to you to
> > consider what kind of structure you want your data to have. That
> > is the
> > hard part.
> I appreciate all the feedback and dialogue. As I am learning, no 2
> LDAP installs are the same (or, indeed simililar). We are not
> looking for users to be able to alter anything with respect to user
> data. This is to be nothing more than an address/telephone book. I
> just need a good simple central spot to keep a list of a gazillion
> contacts that are used and updated by several people in the company.
> I have finished my install of the OpenLDAP server, but ran out of
> time (you know, the job gets in the way of playing sometimes) today
> to get it configured and try to import any addresses. Hopefully I'll
> be able to do that tomorrow.
> -- Kimball
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