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Red Hat Directory Server vs. 389 Directory Server

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We are looking at implementing a directory server at work. We are looking at Red Hat Directory Server, and its free counterpart 389 Directory Server. Has anybody worked with one or both? If so what are your thoughts? Do you prefer one to the other? Why?
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If you are using RedHat, use Red Hat directory server.  Second choice if you are looking for open source is normally OpenLDAP.

389 is the new name for Fedora directory server.  Depending upon what kind of Linux you are using at work.

I do not normally recommend any one to use Fedora related stuff for production as it is the leading/bleading edge tech for RedHat.  it is wonderful for testing but is not guaranteed to be stable
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We use RHEL. It is supposed to be very stable, and I have seen nothing but good reviews for it. It points to the Red Hat documentation, software-wise they are supposed to be nearly identical. I am looking at the new stable release.
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RHEL is the best.  Not just Linux but in comparison to ANY OS.  However, so for you I recommend RedHat's directory server.  Second most stable is Open LDAP.

Fedora is good but not stable.  It is the unstable version of Redhat. After features are tested and the stable ones become RedHat/CentOS.
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Looks like you misinterpreted my comments above.
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Not really. You were saying that Fedora was unstable. I haven't seen anyone that was unhappy with 389 Directory Server adn I have been a loyal Fedora fan for years. I haven't ever had an unstable product from them yet. The workstation I am typing on is Fedora 15.I have looked at OpenLDAP but I don't believe that it would be a good fit for our environment. I am hoping the approval I got is not going to go away due to the price tag for RHEL DS but if it does, I suppose I could go with the older version of 389. The previous one should be good and stable I would think. Unless CentOS has a directory server? I hadn't seen one. We do have several servers running CentOS and that appears to be stable as well.
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Fedora is good.  It is a fact that it is test release for Red Hat, it is not an opinion.  Experimental does not necessarily mean it would break.  I am all for all the RedHat family.  Red Hat/CentOS/Scientific/ Fedora.  First three are meant for production.  Fedora is Red Hat's test release, that is that.

CentOS does have directory server.

http://wiki.centos.org/HowTos/DirectoryServerSetup






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