LDAP Users Admin
- 31 Out 2001
- Still working on making the module compatible with Red Hat 7.1
and OpenLDAP 2.x, but as the 0.0.1 release had some bugs that affect the
first time use of the module, not showing the "config" link so you can correctly
configure the module, I decided to make a pre-release version of 0.0.2. This
release works fine on Red Hat 6.2 and Caldera OpenLinux 2.4 (should work
fine with any distribution that uses OpenLDAP 1.2.x), but users of Red hat
7.1 and other distros that use OpenLDAP 2.x should change the configuration
parameter "Edit MS Outlook Address Book Fields" to "No" until all bugs are
fixed on the final 0.0.2 release.
- Release 0.0.2pre also contains some user interface enhancements,
I hope you like then. But it'll need work on the language files for Italian
and German (volunteers needed).
- The CVS tree has a new module, "scripts", where you'll find hints
on how to initialize the LDAP directory and how to package the sources into
a Webmin Module (*.wbm file) you can install into Webmin.
- 30 Jul 2001
- Work on making it compatible with Red Hat 7.1 and OpenLDAP 2.x.
For a while the changes are only on CVS, because I still have to figure out
how to make the (Outlook) address book fields work again.
- Added some info on how to install and configure under Red Hat
7.1 (see prerequisites)
- Take note of my new e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 07 Mar 2001
- A new developer's release has been commited
on CVS. It includes new language files for German and Italian contributed
by Holger Pandel <pandel AT vrbank-moers.de> and Marco Lusini <m.lusini
AT palazzochigi.it>. Besides, all pages are now using Webmin localization
- 25 Feb 2001
- Added a link for downloading of Perldap RPM package
- Added links for the sourceforge project and mailing lists
- Tried to give to these pages a more pleasant layout :-)
The LDAP Users Admin is a
module for managing users accounts stored inside an LDAP directory. It
was born from a need to use OpenLDAP
to provide address book search capabilities for an internal e-mail server.
My users were Windows users, so I decided LDAP would provide this data to
OutlookExpress. Besides, I did not want to manage user accounts two times:
once on LDAP (for the address book) and once again on /etc files (for maixboxes,
disk quotas and authentication)
I'd not perform day-to-day maintenance on the mail server
once it was setup. So I needed an easy front-end for newbie Linux administrators
and Webmin was a perfect choice.
- Create, edit and delete Unix users on LDAP
- Force a new user password
- Get an unused UID and create the home dir for new users
- Won't let you use a login name or uid that already exists
- Webmin-based configuration and help
- Webmin localization for English and Brazilian Portuguese
This module depends on some software being installed on
- LDAP client libraries
- PerlLDAP from Mozilla.org
- Perl and Webmin, of course
- NSS_LDAP and PAM_LDAP
My system is a mix of Red Hat 6.1 and 6.2 Intel boxes. I
guess this module should work fine on other Linux distros and other CPUs,
and if you can make it run elsewhere I'd love to know and put instructions
I use only RPMs from Red Hat (openldap, nss_ldap, and Perl
are availabe on the standard install CDs; Webmin can be downloaded as an
RPM package from webmin.com; and I found at rpmfind.net perlLDAP packaged
as RPM). I hope to publish here detailed instructions on how to setup OpenLDAP
and etc the way I did, but until then you'll have to look at these packages
For Red Hat 7.1 Users
You should get the the latest developer's release from CVS.
To install perldap using the RPM package, you first have to create a symbolic
link from /usr/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.005/ to symbolic link from /usr/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.6.0/
esle the module won't be installed correctly. It will work in spite of being
compiled for an older version of Perl, but you'll have to install using rpm
-i --nodeps. Trust me, it is much easier to do this hack than compiling the
Mozilla LDAP C SDK and PerlLDAP.
Also, do not forget to add "schemacheck off" to /etc/openldap/slapd.conf.
There are two packages you can download.
- The first one is
LDAP Users Adm
per se. Download it and install using Webmin Modules Configuration.
- The second one is a set of
that helps me create the initial entries on the directory, migrate user
data and a CGI program to let users change their LDAP password. It is usefull
as you may want to start using LDAP only to provide address book data, and
later to use LDAP to provide user authentication and user profiles.
Here are some usefull links
- Create, edit and delete Unix groups on LDAP
- Create initial entries on the LDAP database
- Migrate/Syncronize the LDAP database and /etc files
- Create, edit and delete Organization Units on LDAP
- Create, edit and delete mail aliases and mailing lists
- Filter users and groups based on OU
- Search users and groups
- Support for Webmin ACLs
- Support for notifications sent from Webmin Users and Groups
- Send notifications as if it were the Webmin standard Users
and Groups module (?)
PS: I am a newbie at using SourceForge and CVS. Pelase give
me some time to learn how to use all resources availabe. Until them, feel
free to send me mail using using the link at the botton of this page. :-)