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About This Guide
iPlanet Directory Server 5.1 is a powerful and scalable distributed directory server based on the industry-standard Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP). iPlanet Directory Server is the cornerstone for building a centralized and distributed data repository that can be used in your intranet, over your extranet with your trading partners, or over the public Internet to reach your customers.
This Administrator's Guide describes all of the administration tasks you need to perform to maintain a directory service based on the iPlanet Directory Server.
For the latest information about new features and enhancements in this release of iPlanet Directory Server, please see the online release notes at:
This manual describes how to administer the directory server and its contents. However, this manual does not describe many of the basic directory and architectural concepts that you need to successfully deploy, install, and administer your directory service. You should be familiar with those concepts, which are covered in the iPlanet Directory Server Deployment Guide.
For information on how to configure iPlanet Directory Server 5.1 for the Solaris 9 operating environment, see Solaris 9 System Administration Naming and Directory Services: (DNS, NIS and LDAP), the chapter entitled "iPlanet Directory Server 5.1 Configuration."
Also, Managing Servers with iPlanet Console contains general background information on how to use iPlanet servers. You should read and understand the concepts in that book before you attempt to administer iPlanet Directory Server.
Conventions Used in This Book
This section explains the typographic conventions used in this book.
Monospaced font - This typeface is used for literal text, such as the names of attributes and object classes when they appear in text. It is also used for URLs, filenames and examples.
Italic font - This typeface is used for emphasis, for new terms, and for text that you must substitute for actual values, such as placeholders in path names.
The greater than symbol (>) is used as a separator for successive menu selections. For example, Object > New > User means that you should pull down the Object menu, drag the mouse down to highlight New, and drag the mouse across to the New submenu in which you must select User.
This book uses the following format for paths and file names:
serverID represents the server identifier you gave the server when you configured it. For example, if you gave the name phonebook to your directory server, then the actual path would be:
The document set for iPlanet Directory Server also contains the following guides:
iPlanet Directory Server Deployment Guide. Provides an overview for planning your deployment of the iPlanet Directory Server. Includes deployment examples.
iPlanet Directory Server Configuration, Command, and File Reference. Provides reference information on the command-line scripts, configuration attributes, and log files shipped with Directory Server.
iPlanet Directory Server Schema Reference. Information about the LDAP schema shipped with Directory Server and useful for client applications.
Other useful iPlanet information can be found at the following Internet locations:
iPlanet product documentation online:
iPlanet product status:
iPlanet Professional Services information:
Sun Enterprise Services for Solaris patches and support:
iPlanet developer information:
iPlanet learning solutions:
iPlanet product data sheets:
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Last Updated February 26, 2002