Install OpenLDAP Server and Administer with phpLDAPadmin in Debian/Ubuntu

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28 Responses

  1. tousif says:

    I have configured ldap server on ubuntu 14.04, client also able to joining, but my intention was hide some built-in application and restrict 3rd party software’s but I am unable to do so, can you help me out from this please. it urgent.

    • Ravi Saive says:


      Use LDAP ACL for restricting applications to user specific. For more information read OPenLDAP documentation.

  2. sanjeevi says:

    Hi Ravi,

    We would like to install LDAP on Centos 7 and it should integration with windows 2012 R2 Active Directory OU’s please suggest to me how to configure it

  3. TDG says:

    could you please help me with I want a shell script that will lock a machine after certain idle time in the openLdap server.

    Thank you

  4. manoj says:

    Hi Ravi Saive,
    above ldap configuration is very good . but can you confirm how to login ldap user on ubuntu machine with GUI mode

  5. David Lee says:

    I struggled with this piece. So to help future readers here is the fix that I had to apply to get the LDAP entries Sheldon, Leonard, Howard, and Rajesh to add.

    Here is my Linux information…
    Operating System Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon 64-bit
    Cinnamon Version 2.0.14
    Linux Kernal 3.11.0-12-generic

    Here is the error message that I received when trying to add LDAP entries for the first time.
    adding new entry “cn=Sheldon Cooper,ou=People,dc=homestead,dc=localdomain”
    ldap_add: No such object (32)
    matched DN: dc=homestead,dc=localdomain
    (repeated three more times)

    The fix is to add the missing and needed DN level for the “People”…
    dn: ou=People,dc=homestead,dc=localdomain
    objectClass: top
    objectClass: organizationalUnit
    ou: People

    Save the above four lines, and put them into another separate LDIF file. Like the below example.
    / $ ldapadd -x -W -D “cn=admin,dc=homestead,dc=localdomain” -f ~/Add_DN_Level.ldif
    Enter LDAP Password:
    adding new entry “ou=People,dc=homestead,dc=localdomain”

    With the DN level added the four People can now be added to LDAP.

  6. Dave Dhakal says:

    LDAP installation & Configuration on CentOS 6.5
    [[email protected] ~]# yum -y install openldap-servers.x86_64 0:2.4.23-34.el6_5.1
    [[email protected] ~]# yum -y install openldap-clients.x86_64 0:2.4.23-34.el6_5.1
    [[email protected] ~]# yum -y install portreserve.x86_64 0:0.0.4-9.el6
    Packages Installed: openldap-clients.x86_64 0:2.4.23-34.el6_5.1
    openldap-servers.x86_64 0:2.4.23-34.el6_5.1
    Dependency Installed: portreserve.x86_64 0:0.0.4-9.el6
    [[email protected] ~]# yum -y update
    Updated: cpio.x86_64 0:2.10-12.el6_5
    [[email protected] ~]# slappasswd -s 123dhakal

    [[email protected] ~]# cd /etc/openldap/slapd.d/cn\=config/
    [[email protected] cn=config]# ll

    [[email protected] cn=config]# vi olcDatabase={1}monitor.ldif

    [[email protected] cn=config]# vi olcDatabase={2}bdb.ldif

    [[email protected] ~]# cp /usr/share/openldap-servers/slapd.conf.obsolete /etc/openldap/slapd.conf
    [[email protected] ~]# vi /etc/openldap/slapd.conf

    [[email protected] ~]# chkconfig slapd on

    [[email protected] run]# vi vastika.ldif

    [[email protected] run]# ldapadd -x -D “cn=Dhakal,dc=vastika,dc=com” -W -f vastika.ldif

    [[email protected] run]# ldapsearch -x -LLL -b dc=vastika,dc=com

    [[email protected] run]#


  7. Lars Fischer says:

    Would be a nice tutorial if it actually would work. No luck with Linux Mint.

  8. Amitesh says:

    Hi Ravi,

    I have installed openldap with phpldapadmin as you instructed on my ubuntu 12.0.4 box. But I can not login via phpldapadmin page. I can login there only as anonymous user.Could you please help me out?

    • teglas says:

      Hi Amitesh!

      I had the same problem with Linux Mint 17.
      So the key is, when you configure the /etc/ldap/ldap.conf file you need to modify the URI row as well:
      URI ldap://

      The phpldapadmin config file (/etc/phpldapadmin/config.php) needs to be fixed as well.
      The base DNS should be the same as you entered after executed this command: “sudo dpkg-reconfigure slapd”.
      Actually what you typed in at the second picture, that DNS needs to be typed into the phpldapadmin config file too.
      eg.: $servers->setValue(‘server’,’base’,array(‘dc=test,dc=tecmint,dc=com’))

      Restart the apache at the end:
      sudo service apache2 restart

      Good luck!

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