How to Configure 389 Directory Server on CentOS/RHEL

This article assume that you have completed on the installation of 389 Directory Server on CentOS/RHEL server.

Prerequisite :
How to Install 389 Directory Server on CentOS/RHEL

1. Create a user and group for the server

    [root@server ~]# groupadd ldap
    [root@server ~]# useradd -s /bin/false -g ldap ldap

2. Setup your first directory server. Choose option (2) for typical setup. If you have configured your server FQDN correctly, the correct default values will be available for you to choose. All you will need to specify is the ‘admin’ and ‘directory manager’ password.

    [root@server ~]#
    This program will set up the CentOS Directory and Administration Servers.
    It is recommended that you have "root" privilege to set up the software.
    Tips for using this program:
    - Press "Enter" to choose the default and go to the next screen
    - Type "Control-B" then "Enter" to go back to the previous screen
    - Type "Control-C" to cancel the setup program
    Would you like to continue with set up? [yes]: yes
    Do you agree to the license terms? [no]: yes
    Your system has been scanned for potential problems, missing patches,
    etc.  The following output is a report of the items found that need to
    be addressed before running this software in a production
    CentOS Directory Server system tuning analysis version 10-AUGUST-2007.
    NOTICE : System is i686-unknown-linux2.6.18-194.el5 (1 processor).
    WARNING: 590MB of physical memory is available on the system. 1024MB is recommended f
    or best performance on large production system.
    Would you like to continue? [no]: yes
    Choose a setup type:
    1. Express
    Allows you to quickly set up the servers using the most
    common options and pre-defined defaults. Useful for quick
    evaluation of the products.
    2. Typical
    Allows you to specify common defaults and options.
    3. Custom
    Allows you to specify more advanced options. This is
    recommended for experienced server administrators only.
    To accept the default shown in brackets, press the Enter key.
    Choose a setup type [2]: 2
    Enter the fully qualified domain name of the computer
    on which you're setting up server software. Using the form
    To accept the default shown in brackets, press the Enter key.
    Computer name [ldap.intranet.local]:
    The servers must run as a specific user in a specific group.
    It is strongly recommended that this user should have no privileges
    on the computer (i.e. a non-root user).  The setup procedure
    will give this user/group some permissions in specific paths/files
    to perform server-specific operations.
    If you have not yet created a user and group for the servers,
    create this user and group using your native operating
    system utilities.
    System User [nobody]:
    System Group [nobody]:
    Server information is stored in the configuration directory server.
    This information is used by the console and administration server to
    configure and manage your servers.  If you have already set up a
    configuration directory server, you should register any servers you
    set up or create with the configuration server.  To do so, the
    following information about the configuration server is required: the
    fully qualified host name of the form
    .(e.g., the port number
    (default 389), the suffix, the DN and password of a user having
    permission to write the configuration information, usually the
    configuration directory administrator, and if you are using security
    (TLS/SSL).  If you are using TLS/SSL, specify the TLS/SSL (LDAPS) port
    number (default 636) instead of the regular LDAP port number, and
    provide the CA certificate (in PEM/ASCII format).
    If you do not yet have a configuration directory server, enter 'No' to
    be prompted to set up one.
    Do you want to register this software with an existing
    configuration directory server? [no]:
    Please enter the administrator ID for the configuration directory
    server.  This is the ID typically used to log in to the console.  You
    will also be prompted for the password.
    Configuration directory server
    administrator ID [admin]:
    Password (confirm):
    The information stored in the configuration directory server can be
    separated into different Administration Domains.  If you are managing
    multiple software releases at the same time, or managing information
    about multiple domains, you may use the Administration Domain to keep
    them separate.
    If you are not using administrative domains, press Enter to select the
    default.  Otherwise, enter some descriptive, unique name for the
    administration domain, such as the name of the organization
    responsible for managing the domain.
    Administration Domain [intranet.local]:
    The standard directory server network port number is 389.  However, if
    you are not logged as the superuser, or port 389 is in use, the
    default value will be a random unused port number greater than 1024.
    If you want to use port 389, make sure that you are logged in as the
    superuser, that port 389 is not in use.
    Directory server network port [389]:
    Each instance of a directory server requires a unique identifier.
    This identifier is used to name the various
    instance specific files and directories in the file system,
    as well as for other uses as a server instance identifier.
    Directory server identifier [ldap]: ldap.intranet.local
    The ServerIdentifier 'ldap.intranet.local' contains invalid characters.  It must
    contain only alphanumeric characters and the following: #%:@_-
    Directory server identifier [ldap]:
    The suffix is the root of your directory tree.  The suffix must be a valid DN.
    It is recommended that you use the dc=domaincomponent suffix convention.
    For example, if your domain is,
    you should use dc=example,dc=com for your suffix.
    Setup will create this initial suffix for you,
    but you may have more than one suffix.
    Use the directory server utilities to create additional suffixes.
    Suffix [dc=intranet, dc=local]:
    Certain directory server operations require an administrative user.
    This user is referred to as the Directory Manager and typically has a
    bind Distinguished Name (DN) of cn=Directory Manager.
    You will also be prompted for the password for this user.  The password must
    be at least 8 characters long, and contain no spaces.
    Press Control-B or type the word "back", then Enter to back up and start over.
    Directory Manager DN [cn=Directory Manager]:
    Password (confirm):
    The Administration Server is separate from any of your web or application
    servers since it listens to a different port and access to it is
    Pick a port number between 1024 and 65535 to run your Administration
    Server on. You should NOT use a port number which you plan to
    run a web or application server on, rather, select a number which you
    will remember and which will not be used for anything else.
    Administration port [9830]:
    The interactive phase is complete.  The script will now set up your
    servers.  Enter No or go Back if you want to change something.
    Are you ready to set up your servers? [yes]:
    Creating directory server . . .
    Your new DS instance 'ldap' was successfully created.
    Creating the configuration directory server . . .
    Beginning Admin Server creation . . .
    Creating Admin Server files and directories . . .
    Updating adm.conf . . .
    Updating admpw . . .
    Registering admin server with the configuration directory server . . .
    Updating adm.conf with information from configuration directory server . . .
    Updating the configuration for the httpd engine . . .
    Starting admin server . . .
    The admin server was successfully started.
    Admin server was successfully created, configured, and started.
    Exiting . . .
    Log file is '/tmp/setupZAYCKY.log'
    [root@server ~]#

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