5 Replies Latest reply on Mar 26, 2007 12:08 AM by nnath

    LDAP mixed mode

      I'm having trouble understanding the LDAP mode.  Basically I want to just authenticate users against LDAP but i want group and other clearspace settings to use the clearspace DB.  When i set ldap.mode=1 and i configure clearspace to use LDAP i see that:

      User Manager:        com.jivesoftware.base.ldap.LdapUserManager

      Group Manager:        com.jivesoftware.base.database.DbGroupManager (Default)

      Auth Manager:        com.jivesoftware.base.ldap.LdapAuthFactory

       

      Is this correct?  Should User Manger be com.jivesoftware.base.database.DbUserManager  ? 

       

      Thanks

        • Re: LDAP mixed mode

          I went ahead and changed the User Manager to the database.DbUserManager and only used the Ldap class for the Auth Manager.  Things are working as I expected now.  It would be nice if this was and install option.

          • Re: LDAP mixed mode

            Is this correct?  Should User Manger be

            com.jivesoftware.base.database.DbUserManager  ? 

            No, it should be LdapUserManager, which does store group and Clearspace settings in the Clearspace database and only uses Ldap for authentication. If you use DbUserManager instead of LdapUserManager in combination with LdapAuthFactory, you'll eventually run into a situation where a user gets created in the Db but never in your Ldap repository, which means they'll never be able to login.

             

            Cheers,

             

            AJ

              • Re: LDAP mixed mode

                In our organization we don't have write access to the corporate LDAP (actually AD) server, so we could never create LDAP users.  Could you explain again the suggested settings for a read only LDAP repository were only the authentication is supposed to go through LDAP but groups and other Clearspace specific info should go in the DB?  Ideally I had hoped it that there could be multiple authentication fallbacks so that if LDAP failed then clearspace could also fall back to the database DB users so that I could create admin users or utility users that do not live in the corporate LDAP directory.

                  • Re: LDAP mixed mode

                    I had just started evaluating the software and have  installed Clearspace in pure LDAP mode.  The performance was slow as molasses!!

                     

                    I had to  changed the following system properties  to restore some usability to the system.

                     

                    AuthFactory.className  =    com.jivesoftware.base.ldap.LdapAuthFactory

                    GroupManager.className  =    com.jivesoftware.base.database.DbGroupManager

                    UserManager.className  =    com.jivesoftware.base.database.DbUserManager

                     

                     

                    Couple of highlights about our environment

                    1) We use Active Directoy

                    2) The LDAP user we use in Clearspace does not have admin privileges.

                    3) We do not have permissions to write to Active Directory.

                    4) Not ever user in Active Directoy needs to be a user in Clearspace.

                     

                     

                    I also noticed that the members of the groups in active directory were not been read at all. My assessment of the state of LDAP implementation in Clearspace is that it is very lacking.  It tries to deliver on too many features and fails on some basic points.

                     

                    Because of the default LDAP properties, the software had a super sluggish response. That is itself an indication that the LDAP implementation is not production quality.

                     

                    I hope the next implementation will allow easy setup of the following:

                    1) Implement LDAP Authentication  only

                    2) User Management in Clearspace

                    3) Do not import every singe user/group from LDAP to clear space automatically..( maybe on demand)

                    4) Group management in clearspace.

                     

                    Thanks

                    Nikh Nath