My project for the day was to get a LDAP address book running, so I can get rid of pieces of paper with phone numbers. Eventually I'd like to be able to sync my cellphone against it (easy, cos the software for the phone can take a CSV and I'm sure I could write a connector if I wanted), and I want to be able to read it from MicrosoftOutlook/OutlookExpress and XimianEvolution, and write to it with at least Evolution (pref. everything, but you can't always get what you want.)
When you install the server, use your hostname for the LDAP root DN - my hostname is ellusions.tla so my DN becomes dc=ellusions,dc=tla.
Depending on how you install the packages, you may not be offered the choice of domain name. If you are not asked, the name could default to something useless like 'localhost', so use:
dpkg-reconfigure -plow slapd
By far the easiest way I found to get contacts out of Outlook and into LDIF was using MozillaMail as an intermediate step. Export whatever fields you need to a CSV, fire up Mozilla and it's address book, import the file, line up the fields (be careful here!) and then you have all your data in Mozilla's address book. From the Tools menu, click Export, to LDIF - done.
I also found a Perl script that converts CSV to LDIF but then you'll have to manually align the fields.
Create a file called 'ou.ldif' that contains something like this (edit for your DN)
Then import it with
The first substitution takes mail=(emailaddr) (Mozilla's DN) and replaces it with your own. The second removes the modify time, which a standard ldap add can't set.
If this works (it should), it should be added to the script above. --AristotlePagaltzis
No, it doesn't. Afterwards my contacts.ldif was empty :-( --Susanne Wenz
Now import them in much the same way:
In the Tools menu, click Settings. Select Directory Server and Add a new connection. Follow the wizard, adding the name of your server, binding by DN (use cn=admin,dc=ellusions,dc=tla at this point).
When you save this, you will see an entry for your LDAP server under "Other Contacts". If you click it it should ask you for a password (once, use your root DN password) - upon success you will see no contacts. Click "Clear" on the search field on top of the box and they should populate. You can then add/edit/search the contacts.
Ximian Evolution assumes that you will not have write access to your LDAP address book unless you have authenticated with the LDAP server.
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