Help with Apple Open Directory attributes for a 3rd party application.

Posted on 2007-08-02
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
Xserve running OS 10.3 Server with Open Directory services up and running.

I have an application that supports LDAP v3 and is requesting the following info. I need to know what the valuse are for these in Apple's Open directory or how to find them on the directory server.

I'm used to setting this app up in a Novell environment and it works great, the company says it will work with Apple's OD but doesn't support it through their tech support.


LDAP UID Attribute

LDAP Group Attribute

It also has a spot for a username and password if needed to authenticate to the directory. Can anyone tell me if this is necessary, and if so can I just use any account or does it have to be a directory admin account.

Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.
Question by:nextech01
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    Accepted Solution

    Hi nextech,

    Browse to /usr/local/etc/openldap and open the ldap.conf file.

    In there you will see the entries you need like "BASE dc=mydomain , dc=com" , thats the base dn then just look for the rest as needed :) It's pretty much the same as windows ad.

    As for which account to use for really depends what this software is that you're using and what you plan to do with it.
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    Expert Comment

    I think the LDAP in Mac OS 10.3 is version 2, not sure if that'll make any difference.

    I'm sure in the Server Admin > Open Directory in Mac OS 10.3 should tell you the LDAP strings.
    Also, regarding the authentication option. I'm sure it's only needed if you're not authenticated or bind to the directory.

    Hope this helps,


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