LDAP in Mac OS X Server
Subject:   OS X and Linux LDAP?
Date:   2004-06-07 10:08:58
From:   trekkie
Anyone aware of any 'how toos' to use a linux server as your LDAP server? Until I win the lottery or something I'm probably not going to buy a Mac OS X Server for my home (never say never, but xserves are a bit too high still for my taste). In the interim, I'd love to use the multiple Macs I have ni the house with one sign on, and home directories somewhere so you could check your email from any machine and not have to worry about folder sync.
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  • OS X and Linux LDAP?
    2004-06-08 02:39:59  tonywilliams [View]

    Actually, after doing some checking I've discovered that it is a little easier than I thought. You'll find that Apple's LDAP schema and OpenLDAP are already installed on any OS X machine.

    That means that the only thing you need to get it all working well is a copy of Apple's WorkGroup Manager to populate the database for you.

    Tony Williams

  • OS X and Linux LDAP?
    2004-06-08 00:02:47  tonywilliams [View]

    The hard part of doing this is to get the right schema and populate the records properly. You can install OpenLDAP easily on a Linux box (or any OS X Mac for that matter) but getting the right information into it is a huge hurdle.

    Of course you don't need an XServe to run OS X Server. You could for your network just get a copy of Panther Server - the 10 client version is still serious money at $499 in the US but it will save you a great deal of time and trouble. Install it on the fastest of your home Macs and you should have no problems.

    Once you have OS X Server there are even more facilities you can provide than just single sign on and shared Home folders.

    Tony Williams

    • OS X and Linux LDAP?
      2006-05-21 14:50:39  fhuddles [View]

      Did anyone ever succeed in actually doing this? It looks like the last entry was just suggesting the purchase of OS X Server. I'm trying to find out if there's a way to do it, and how.

      Frank Huddleston