System Administration Guide: Naming and Directory Services (DNS, NIS, and LDAP)

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.