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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, although could have been deeper, 14 Jun. 2003
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First off, the coverage of administering LDAP, in particular the OpenLDAP server, is excellent. Choosing to focus on OpenLDAP is wise since commercial directory service products tend to cost a lot of money and aren't things that you can casually play with (or, as in my case, develop software against). His chapters on putting directory services to work - using LDAP ro replace NIS, using it for authentication and integration with other LDAP services - are very good as well.
However, the coverage of what directory services are could be deeper. The author acknowledges that some explanation is required, and provides some background information but not nearly enough. In a future edition I would like to see more coverage of directory schemas and more about the object types that can be stored in a directory. In addition, I would like to see coverage of the LDAP protocol itself. There is also a strong Unix bias, but this is not such a concern since there are plenty of dedicated books for Active Directory (including a good O'Reilly one).
As a bonus, there is a very good chapter for Perl developers using the Net::LDAP module. As a Java developer, I would have liked to have seen JNDI as well, but kudos even so to the author for remembering us.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An useful LDAP guide for system administrators, 19 April 2003
Inside this book, you can found a lot of useful tricks and clear references. Perhaps is not a complete guide for LDAP administration, but covers the basics about LDIF, OID, tree structure -organization and replication-, indexes and performance tunning.
I found very useful the explanation about LDAP use in system integration: accounting issues for services(nss, pam), mail routing, and AD issues.
Provides useful scripts and explain a lot of "traps" about security integration and configuration: TLS, SASL, etc. I strongly recommend it for newies in LDAP admin.
Perhaps the subtitle should be "a guide to LDAP for System Administrators".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Highly informative for the novice user such as me., 9 April 2013
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I like the in-depth explanations in this book. Coming from a Windows environment required a different way of doing things, and this book guides you through the processes involved within LDAP. It highlights the power of LDAP in the systems environment and makes searching the Directory a simpler process.
The book is laid out in a logical manner and systematically goes through the multiple areas of LDAP, with lots of 'links' to further information on the Web.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The one you need to buy, 12 Nov. 2009
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Andrew Meredith "a geek on a motorbike" (Wessex, England) - See all my reviews
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If you are going to be going anywhere near openldap, you need to understand what it's all about before doing so. If you don't, things can go south really quick. This book takes you gently through the background theory and then into the practical setup and administration for openldap.

As usual, O'Reilly have produced the book for the job.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 23 Aug. 2014
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Very useful.
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