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System Administration Guide: Naming and Directory Services (DNS, NIS, and LDAP)
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Configuring Sun Java System Directory Server Using idsconfig

Creating a Checklist Based on Your Server Installation

During the server installation process, you will have defined crucial variables, with which you should create a checklist similar to the one below before launching idsconfig. You can use the blank checklist provided in Blank Checklists.

Note - The information included below will serve as the basis for all examples that follow in the LDAP related chapters. The example domain is of an widget company, Example, Inc. with stores nationwide. The examples will deal with the West Coast Division, with the domain

Table 11-1 Server Variables Defined


Definition for Example Network

Port number at which an instance of the directory server is installed

389 (default)

Name of server

myserver (from the FQDN or

Replica server(s) (IPnumber:port number) [for]

Directory manager

cn=directory manager (default)

Domain name to be served

Maximum time (in seconds) to process client requests before timing out


Maximum number of entries returned for each search request


Note - If you are using hostnames in defining defaultServerList or preferredServerList, you MUST ensure LDAP is not used for hosts lookup. This means ldap must not be in /etc/nsswitch.conf hosts line.

Table 11-2 Client Profile Variables Defined


Definition for Example Network

Profile name (the default name is default)


Server list (defaults to the local subnet)

Preferred server list (listed in order of which server to try first, second, and so on)


Search scope (number of levels down through the directory tree. 'One', the default, or 'Sub')

one (default)

Credential used to gain access to server. Default is anonymous


Follow Referrals? ( a pointer to another server if the main server is unavailable) Default is no.


Search time limit (default is 30 seconds) for waiting for server to return information.


Bind time limit (default is 10 seconds) for contacting the server.


Authentication method Default is none.


Note - Client profiles are defined per domain. At least one profile must be defined for a given domain.

Attribute Indexes

idsconfig indexes the following list of attributes for improved performance.

















Schema Definitions

idsconfig(1M) automatically adds the necessary schema definitions. Unless you are very experienced in LDAP administration, do not manually modify the server schema. See Chapter 14, LDAP General Reference (Reference) for an extended list of schemas used by the LDAP naming service.

Using Browsing Indexes

The browsing index functionality of the Sun Java System Directory Server, otherwise known as the virtual list view (VLV), provides a way in which a client can view a select group or number of entries from very long list, thus making the search process less time consuming for each client. Browsing indexes provide optimized, predefined search parameters with which the Solaris LDAP naming client can access specific information from the various services more quickly. Keep in mind that if you do not create browsing indexes, the clients may not get all the entries of a given type because the server limits for search time or number of entries might be enforced.

VLV indexes are configured on the directory server and the proxy user has read access to these indexes.

Before configuring browsing indexes on the Sun Java System Directory Server, consider the performance cost associated with using these indexes. For more information, refer to the Administration Guide for the version of Sun Java System Directory Server that you are using.

idsconfig creates entries for several VLV indexes. Use the directoryserver script to stop the server and to create the actual VLV indexes. See the idsconfig(1M) and the directoryserver(1M) man pages for more information. Refer to the output of the idsconfig command to determine the VLV entries created by idsconfig and the syntax of the corresponding directoryserver commands that you need to run. See Example idsconfig Setup for sample idsconfig output.

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