Setting up ApacheDS

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ApacheDS LDAP Server Installation and Configuration


Make sure Java is available:
java -version

ApacheDS Distribution

Downloads are available at

Server Setup

mkdir -p $HOME/setup; cd $HOME/setup
chmod +x apacheds-1.5.7-x86_64.bin
sudo ./apacheds-1.5.7-x86_64.bin

When responses are requested, supply the following defaults (“ENTER” means hit the Enter key to accept the default):

Do you agree to the above license terms? [yes or no] yes
Where do you want to install Apache DS? [Default: /opt/apacheds-1.5.7] ENTER
Where do you want to install Apache DS instances? [Default: /var/lib/apacheds-1.5.7] ENTER
What name do you want for the default instance? [Default: default] ENTER
Where do you want to install the startup script? [Default: /etc/init.d] ENTER
Which user do you want to run the server with (if not already existing, the specified user will be created)? [Default: apacheds] ENTER

Start the Server

You need to start the default server (and verify that it starts automatically when the server is rebooted):

sudo /etc/init.d/apacheds-1.5.7-default start

Check to see that it’s running:

sudo /etc/init.d/apacheds-1.5.7-default status

You should see something like the following:

Apache Directory Server - default is running (4905).


If you do not see that it’s running look at the /opt/apacheds-1.5.7/bin/wrapper.log file to see if there were any
issues. The most common problem is that it couldn’t find Java. If that’s the case, open up the config file:

sudo vi /opt/apacheds-1.5.7/conf/apacheds.conf

Look for this line:

Make sure it points to a valid java executable.

Connecting to the Server

When you need to connect to the server, use the following details:

Hostname: localhost
Port: 10389
Bind DN or user: uid=admin,ou=system
Bind password: secret

Command Line LDAP Client Setup

You should install the ldap-utils package for using LDAP server from Linux command line.

sudo apt-get install -y ldap-utils

Initial ABAC Schema Import

Use the following command line on the Server to load up initial Netspective ABAC Schema:

cd "$HOME/netspective-SOPs/System Operations (SysOps)/Netspective LDAP"
ldapmodify -h localhost -p 10389 -D "uid=admin,ou=system" -w secret -a -f "Netspective ApacheDS ABAC Schema.ldif"
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