Is LDAP the answer?

Jordan Curzon 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.
>
>
> Thanks!
>
> -- Kimball
>
>
>
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