March 14th, 2011, 08:01 PM
Lost with basics of ldap.
I must be getting old. I'm having a hard time putting the basic pieces of ldap together in my head. I want to use ldap to authenticate users and pass them on to a user specific page. I also have a Mediawiki set up in a directory inside the httpdocs dir. Right now everthing is on a single domain, but that might change.
I know I have to have an ldap server. I have a centos/apache vps at 1and1 with root access. Would I just install the server somewhere off of the root, or does it need to somewhere else, like on a different machine? I really hate to be so ignorant, but I've looked at several different things on the web and I just can't find a place to get a foothold on this.
If someone can give me just a basic rundown of what goes where, then maybe I can carry on from there.
I would appreciate any reply. Thank you.
March 15th, 2011, 11:01 AM
Ok, I actually found a web site that is very helpful in explaining LDAP in general. The site is LDAPman.org for anyone interested.
However, I guess my question should be is if an LDAP directory/server is something one can put on the same machine as the web server? Is having both on the same machine common for authenticating web users?
March 21st, 2011, 10:43 PM
I'm hip to the help thing!
You can run LDAP on the same machine as your web server. I think in this case all your ldap URL's between web server and ldap simply look at localhost:389.
Among other things, ldap is a communications protocol just like http or ftp that runs over a tcp/ip connection.
If you are going to mess with ldap, you need to learn how to use wireshark.
Originally Posted by nakins