- Paperback: 344 pages
- Publisher: Apress; 1st ed. edition (October 29, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1590594134
- ISBN-13: 978-1590594131
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,389,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Tom Jackiewicz is responsible for global LDAP and e-mail architecture at a Fortune 100 company. Over the past 12 years, he has worked on the e-mail and LDAP capabilities of the Palm VII, helped architect many large-scale ISPs servicing millions of active e-mail users, and audited security for a number of Fortune 500 companies. Jackiewicz has held management, engineering, and consulting positions at Applied Materials, Motorola, and Winstar GoodNet. Jackiewicz has also published articles on network security and monitoring, IT infrastructure, Solaris, Linux, DNS, LDAP, and LDAP security. He lives in San Francisco's Mission neighborhood, where he relies on public transportation plus a bicycle to transport himself to the office fashionably late.
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However, I got this book to figure out how to get OpenLDAP working on my home network. I needed to learn about schemas, and here the book falls down. It covers the basic ideas of a schema, but doesn't discuss the different schemas delivered with openldap (what is cosine.schema and why should I care?) and it doesn't give enough examples of how one would use the schemas - I would really have liked to see all the ldif entries for a whole small network covering users and groups, for example.
In the end, I still don't understand why I'm getting LDAP errors when trying to add users with Webmin. I'm disappointed.
Amusingly, we find that at one point, the X.500 proponents were expecting it to supplant TCP/IP!? Such amazing conceit. Well, LDAP blew it away.
You get advice on installing OpenLDAP. Which is actually pretty straightforward. An experienced sysadmin will not have any problems here. Then there follow several chapters on running it and also writing code to program it. OpenLDAP comes with an API that does require some explanations. Luckily, the API can be accessed via calls in several languages like C and Java. Perl examples are also supplied. The author is commendably ecumenical about supplying example code in several languages. In keeping with the open source spirit of this project.
This 2005 book discusses technologies of as early as 1998 (not in history section). It may be true that AuthLDAP and TransLDAP modules are not updated since then and C. Donley's web site is gone (pp.264-8). But a responsible book author should tell us anything new around this technology. You shouldn't duplicate Mr. Donley's 1998 article with no comments (and no credit).
In my opinion, if a computer book author dares to list source code, he must add valuable comments, regardless whether the source code already comes with good comments. No need to explain code line by line. But the comments must be insightful. If you don't have any, omit the publicly available code, or readers would wonder if the code is too difficult for you.
Think why most of O'Reilly's books are a success. Take "Sendmail" and "Programming Perl" as examples. The "Sendmail" tome is the easiest to be written as a reprint of documentation. But why do we not have that feeling? Because the authors constantly add text not in documentation, such as if you do this, you would get this error and the solution is such and such. "Programming Perl" does a great job at throwing in real working examples full of wisdom. Documentation can't present too many real-life examples, but a book can and should. If you personally don't have that much experience, gather them from public forums. Be careful though. Don't just copy. Verify, research and add valuable insight. A book author must be an expert in the field.
Lastly, Apress has a Submit Errata page, but they don't send even an auto-reply when you submit one. They don't have View Errata. Tech support doesn't respond. So I'm posting my own Errata at [...] (mirrored at stormloader.com/yonghuang/computer/bookreview.html). It took me many hours to create it but please point out errors in it.
developer who is looking at diving into LDAP. The author splits the
book into two nice segments. Part one of the book talks about how LDAP
came about, setup, and database design. Part two talks about service
integration, the tools included with LDAP and scripting with LDAP.
The first part of this book is good at explaining how LDAP works, and
what to consider when designing your LDAP database. There is also a
section that helps the reader decide on the distribution of LDAP they
want, and how to build the environment from scratch. This part
finishes up with the configuration needed to boot the LDAP server.
Part two picks up where part one left off. It starts off with
integrating LDAP into the services currently running on your network.
The book provides some sample scripts to work with, such as a set of
scripts to sync NIS and LDAP. This section also includes ways of
integrating LDAP with client services like Outlook and SAMBA while
also providing programming API examples for those who want to create
their own LDAP applications.
Overall the book was a good read and I would recommend it to anyone
who is just starting to work with LDAP, or wants to know more about
the system that they are administrating. The provided configuration
files for the LDAP install are a little out of date, but they still
provide good information. The commands are still current and
Jackiewicz does an excellent job of explaining all the different areas
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an entire page of a ftp session downloading openldap. huh? How is this helpful?Read more