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Debian based system

This is a Client install for a Debian based system, to communicate with an LDAP Server.

Lets start off by addressing a bug that effects installs.

(bug #51315)

There is a current bug with the Ldap configuration that looks for the group nvram to correct this problem create the group nvram on the client machine.

                  addgroup --system nvram

Next install the required packages

                  aptitude install libnss-ldap libpam-ldap nscd

Once the packages start being unpacked you will see these questions:

which is yourIP address / hostname of the LDAP server

enter your root account for ldap server with the dc=my,dc=domain

Next we need to modify a couple different files

Files(libnss-ldap.conf, libnss-ldap.conf, /etc/libnss-ldap.secret, /etc/pam_ldap.conf and /etc/pam_ldap.secret)

== Should already have been configured during install of the packages, if an error was made double check theses files ==

#vi /etc/libnss-ldap.conf

ensure ldap name or IP address is correct

again ensure they are set to your specifications from above.

#vi /etc/libnss-ldap.secret

(ensure password correct)--

#vi /etc/pam_ldap.conf

#vi /etc/pam_ldap.secret

(ensure password correct)--

Will need to be configured

pam configuration files need to be modfied a bit like:

#vi /etc/pam.d/common-account }}}

#vi /etc/pam.d/common-auth

#vi /etc/pam.d/common-password

#vi /etc/pam.d/common-session

Finally, let's edit nsswitch so the system will be able to switch from local system authentication to ldap authentication.

# vim /etc/nsswitch.conf

With everything entered correctly you should have a working LDAP Client :)

Fedora Client

The Fedora or redhat client is slightly easier.


Check the boxes, then click next

Enter your server DNS name or IP address and your domain name. Click ok and your done.