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  • Paperback: 484 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing; 1st Ed. edition (August 31, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847191029
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847191021
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #363,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Matt Butcher is the principal consultant for Aleph-Null, Inc. (http://aleph-null.tv), where he specializes in content management systems, Linux system integration, and Open Source technologies. He has been an active participant in Open Source technologies for over a decade. Along with Learning Drupal 6, Matt has also written Mastering OpenLDAP, Managing and Customizing OpenCms 6, and Building Websites with OpenCms, all of which are published by Packt. When not pushing bits, Matt likes to explore Colorado with his wife and three daughters.

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Matt Butcher is a software developer and author. He has authored several books as well as dozens of articles on technology and philosophy. Matt is a Senior Developer for ConsumerSearch.Com, a New York Times Company. He is also a frequent contributor to numerous Open Source software packages, including QueryPath, Drupal, and Fortissimo. Matt blogs regularly at technosophos.com.

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This is an extraordinarily well written book.
Phil Lembo
I thought the best part of the book was the detailed coverage given to Overlays and the Schema.
Joseph Topjian
I strongly recommend this book for anyone involved in LDAP administration on a linux system.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Phil Lembo on December 29, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is an extraordinarily well written book. In the preface the author promises to prepare system administrators or software developers for building a directory using OpenLDAP using a practical approach, discussing theory where that helps answer practical questions.

Along with some of the best illustrations of the theory and practice of LDAP directory management, this book contains a wealth of detailed information on the servers, clients and utilities that make up the OpenLDAP suite of software. The examples provided of different configurations are not only detailed, they also methodically build upon each other in a way that really illuminates various concepts far better than I think has been done before.

The appendices in this volume are also worthy of mention: "Building OpenLDAP from Source", "LDAP URLs", and "Useful LDAP Commands" -- the last deftly handling one of my favorite pastimes, "Rebuilding a Database (BDB, HDB)".

This book would be an excellent textbook for use by students learning Internet technologies. It would also make a terrific technical manual for system administrators or developers involved in deploying or maintaining systems and applications that use directory services. Finally, it's the one essential book that all directory administrators should have on their own personal bookshelf.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Jayaram on August 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book if you are interested in learning the theory behind OpenLDAP. However if you are looking for a more practical guide I would suggest looking elsewhere. Aside from the differences in Linux distributions, I have found several frustrating omissions and errors that have cost me hours of research online. For example, chapter three beautifully details how to create an LDIF file, however then fails to explain where to place that file on the file system or how to load the contents of that file into the database. These questions are answered, but a dozen pages later as part of a discussion on a different topic. This made it impossible to find that info when I needed it. In Chapter four, options that should go in ldap.conf are listed as going into slapd.conf. Also the file names cacert.pem and newcert.pem are used interchangeably with no explanation, which can be confusing. Chapter four also fails to mention the openssl-perl module must be installed for the authors directions to even work in the first place. I have not gotten much farther into the text then chapter four and perhaps I'm too much of a Linux novice, but I have been disappointed by this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hoge on February 19, 2012
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To be practical such as being able to actually run the server and utilities in a real environment, more details (or corrections) would be required.

1. slapd.conf is depreciated since OpenLDAP 2.3 (target version of this book), but the current LDIF format configuration is not described.
2. Dynamic module load configurations are specified in slapd.conf but they are only effective when --enable-modules has been specified to the configure script.
3. Base DN access configuration is missing in the slapd.conf in the book. It can (or will) cause an error to run ldapsearch examples described in the book.
4. Subschema and how to view it is described, but the access configuration to dn="cn=shbschema" looks not described.
etc etc.

Aside from these detail technicalities, very good as an introduction to LDAP.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Adamou on June 2, 2008
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The concepts and the theory in this book are really good.
As stated in the book, the author installed openldap in ubuntu but the documentation and implementation do not work if you try to install it in ubuntu 8.. I found the documentation in Ubuntu community easier to follow and worked in a matter of minutes for basic authentication in openldap and phpmyldapadmin.
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By Firstclass on October 4, 2013
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Outstanding book.
Best I have seen on this subject so far, crystal clear and explains everything I needed.
Now I have a loadbalanced OpenLDAP deployment with TLS, Kerberos and GSSAPI working nicely.
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