Authenticating Linux users with IBM Directory Server

Tuesday, 23 September 2003, 8:36 AM EST

Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) is a lightweight client-server protocol for accessing directory services, especially those that are X.500 based. IBM Directory Server is a mature product that implements the LDAP protocol. Linux, which is increasingly popular, provides several system user authentication methods, including local files, NIS, LDAP, and the PAM mechanism. Linux is able to use different authentication methods for its various services.

This article describes how to authenticate Linux users with the IBM Directory Server.

I used RedHat Linux 7.3 as the target Linux system, and chose the IBM Directory Server 5.1 as the LDAP server. See the RedHat and IBM Web sites for installation information for Linux and Directory Server 5.1, if necessary.

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