[CentOS] LDAP howto using ds-base and ds-admin and related consoles

Thu Jul 30 17:03:17 UTC 2009
Rob Kampen <rkampen at kampensonline.com>

I have previously used openLDAP and read many of their howto documents 
for establishing an LDAP server.
RH and CentOS provide <brand>-ds-base and related rpms and I like what I 
see and read about the product.
I found the wiki article on installing the rpms and getting it running 
on a server - so far so good.
Then I fall into a big hole.
What are the key items that need to be put in place to actually make it 
useful for my domain?
Is there a document somewhere for those of us that want to bridge from 
openLDAP to the RH based product?
I have read many hundreds of pages, have purchased O'reilly's LDAP 
System Administration but cannot seem to get my dirsrv based LDAP to 
I do understand that ds uses LDIF files to store and set things up, but 
seem unable to grasp the arcane entries that need to exist so I can 
access it with a basic LDAP client to load my users etc.
Also I guess there are certain schemas that need to be used to allow 
basic functions to work.
My wish list:
linux user authentication and authorization
windows user authentication and authorization (via samba?)
customer contact list (name, address, company, phone numbers, email 
- this last one to be used by Thunderbird and my SIP phone system - both 
of which profess to speak LDAP
I'm sure there are many small business folk that would like something 
like this, however I cannot find a template with all my searches, so for 
those of you with better LDAP and or google skills - please point me in 
the right direction.
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