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#63374 25-Jun-2010 12:04
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I'm looking for an LDAP emulator that will run on a laptop that I can use a training tool.

We do have our own in office Windows domain that I use, but need something that I can take on the road.

A couple of trains of thought.

One would be a utility that emulates LDAP, or creates a mini-LDAP server.

Alternately, some kind of virtualisation deployment, perhaps using a ready-made virtual image that has a LDAP server as part of it's image.

I already have a number of VMWare images running MS Server 2003 + AD, but don't really want to spin out another 2003 server clone as I believe it will cost me another license ?



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Ultimate Geek

  #345178 25-Jun-2010 12:14
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Have you considered a Linux VM? Any Linux distribution can be used as a LDAP server, there are several alternatives: OpenLDAP, Fedora Directory Service and graphical front-ends you can use.


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  #345290 25-Jun-2010 16:46
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As much as I would like to implement a linux solution, it's a case of familiarity breeding contentment :-)
Though I am no AD expert, I can find my way thru the MS Windows Server implementation of the AD / LDAP structure, and know what I do wrong if I mess things up. Only because I busted it often enough to work out how to un-bust it ...  

Linux is a bit of a different beast - if I stuff up, I have no idea where to start looking :-) I can load up a standard linux client, and work with that well enough, but when things like LDAP and slightly more esoteric implementations are involved, I get a bit lost. More bust - un-bust cycles ahead !

But it is an alternative that I will have to investigate. Just another notch on the round-tu-it :-)

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Master Geek

  #345973 28-Jun-2010 10:30
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Apache's Directory server: - Runs on Windows. Interesting comment that you've got a concern about a lack of familiarity with non-Active-Directory LDAP implementations. I reckon you're going to run into a pretty steep learning curve no matter what LDAP implementation you choose :)

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  #345976 28-Jun-2010 10:41
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Many years ago, I had to pull in an external address book, and have it available to all users as an LDAP address book through Outlook.
I used OpenLDAP for the task, and it worked well.
I'm not an AD expert. LDAP required a small amount of learning, but I don't remember how much. The fact that I can't remember any pain is probably a good sign!


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  #348284 6-Jul-2010 09:12
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Thanks for your replies - OpenLDAP will be something I will have to tackle, but for this case the answer was bleedin obvious - just remote in to the existing VM's that I have !!! Clone them off for training purposes, and delete when finished !

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