IBM Directory Server for IBM i™ (also referred to as Directory Services) provides Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP). LDAP runs over Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), and is popular as a directory service for both Internet and non-Internet applications.

You can perform most setup and administration tasks of the LDAP directory server through the graphical user interface (GUI) of either IBM i Navigator or the new WebAdmin tool. IBM i Navigator (part of IBM i Access for Windows) must be installed separately on a PC that is connected to your system. The new WebAdmin tool lets you manage your directory server using a web browser.

Directory Services can be used for a variety of tasks, such as:

Since IBM i V5R1, Directory Services is integrated as part of the base operating system. Directory Services includes an LDAP server and complete set of LDAP clients and utilities.

Resources

Redbooks

This IBM Redbooks publication will help you create a foundation of LDAP skills, as well as install and configure the IBM Directory Server. It is targeted at security architects and specialists who need to know the concepts and the detailed instructions for a successful LDAP implementation.

This IBM Redbooks publication will help you understand, install, and configure the IBM Directory Server into a heterogeneous repository environment. It is targeted at system specialists who need to know the concepts and the detailed instructions for a successful Meta directory implementation.

This IBM Redbooks publication will help system administrators and programmers to understand the concepts of directories. It also explains the major steps in planning and deploying a directory.


Other publications

Midrange Computing, authored by John McMeeking. This article summarizes what LDAP is, what is a directory, how are LDAP directories used, LDAP on IBM i, configuring an LDAP server on IBM i, starting and stopping the LDAP server, administering directory data, ACL model, using LDAP for authentication and publishing to LDAP from the IBM i.

Authored by Pat Fleming. This article is the first article in a two-part series on lightweight directory access protocol (LDAP) examines some of its uses for IBM i e-business applications.

Part two of Pat Fleming's two-part series on LDAP examines its use as a user registry for IBM i e-business applications.

Midrange Computing, authored by Pat Fleming. This article addresses LDAP for eBusiness.

The BlueNotes Suite

Abstract: Two members of the BlueNotes Suite can assist with directory integration.

Directory Synchronization for IBM i

This module adds selected IBM i user profiles to the System Distribution Directory, synchronizes them with the LDAP-enabled IBM Secureway directory (Directory Server) or exports them to the Domino Directory, hence providing a partial replacement for the IBM i Domino Directory Synchronization function which is being withdrawn in Lotus Domino 6. It can be used for Messaging Migration and Coexistence, Enterprise Directory Consolidation and e-Business. It was previously known as BluePages.

Directory Taxonomy for Domino

This module provides for a four-category, seven-level enterprise taxonomy to be defined for people-related information based on Domino Directory fields such as Department, Location and email address. This mirrors the function of the IBM i System Distribution Directory. The taxonomy database then updates Corporate Hierarchy Information in the Directory's Person documents which provides end users with hierarchical views of the Domino Directory when selecting addresses. The same taxonomy is also available to categorise data in other Notes applications including BlueNotes Document Warehouse. It can be used for Directory Enhancement and Knowledge Management.

Please visit www.bluenotes.com (link resides outside of ibm.com) for more information about these products.