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

Configuring iPlanet Directory Server 5.1 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 15–1 Server Variables Defined


Definition for Example Network 

Port number at which an instance of the directory server is installed (DEFAULT=389) 


Name of server  

ipdserver (from the FQDN or

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

Directory manager [dn: cn=directory manager]


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 15–2 Client Profile Variables Defined


Definition for Example Network 

Profile name 


Server list (defaults to the local subnet) or

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 server. The default is seconds. 


Authentication method Default is none.


Note –

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

Attribute Indices

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 18, General Reference (Reference) for an extended list of schemas used by the LDAP naming service.

Using Browsing Indices

The browsing index functionality of the iPlanet Directory Server, otherwise known as the virtual list view, 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 not be enforced.

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

Refer to the iPlanet Directory Server Administrators Guide 5.1 for information on configuring indexes on the iPlanet Directory Server as well as the performance cost associated with using them.

In the following example, note that the -n option denotes the name of the database with the entries to be indexed and and the -s option denotes the instance of the directory server.

Note –

idsconfig creates all the default VLV indices.

directoryserver -s ipdserver vlvindex -n userRoot -T getgrent
directoryserver -s ipdserver vlvindex -n userRoot -T gethostent
directoryserver -s ipdserver vlvindex -n userRoot -T getnetent
directoryserver -s ipdserver vlvindex -n userRoot -T getpwent
directoryserver -s ipdserver vlvindex -n userRoot -T getrpcent
directoryserver -s ipdserver vlvindex -n userRoot -T getspent