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Managing LDAP from the Command Line on Linux

Nov 02, 2010, 05:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Wallen)

"Managing an LDAP server can be intimidating, but it's not as difficult as it seems at first glance. You can get started managing LDAP from the command line on Linux with three simple commands.

"Recently I wrote an article about a GUI tool that can help the new user get LDAP up and running on their server (see my article "Simplify LDAP with Fedora's 389 Directory Server"). Eventually, however, you may need to manage your LDAP data from the command line. Whether it is a simple search or adding/deleting/modifying an entry — the time is coming, and when it does you better be ready for it.

"The LDAP command line can be a bit frightening at first, but once you get to know it it's not all that bad. In order to successfully manage your LDAP data from the command line you need to be familiar with three commands: ldapadd, ldapmodify, and ldapsearch. They may be, at first, a challenge to understand, but once you get the basics they are as simple as any other Linux command."

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