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Red Hat Directory Server 7.1

The latest version includes LDAP compliance, making it a solid entry into the enterprise directory market.

See the Manager

The Management Console is a GUI that connects to the Red Hat Administration Server, a Web server providing a common management framework between Red Hat products like Directory Server, the soon-to-be-released Certificate System and the Administration Server. From the GUI, you can configure the Administration Server, Directory Server or individual directories. It also lets you create or clone directories, as well as manage user and group functions.

I created three new directories that could all be managed through the same instance of the Console. Clicking on a directory provided a status window showing server name, description, installation date, server root, build number, running status and network port. The "open" button brought me to detailed management tabs for simple tasks, such as stopping and starting the directory, and for more advanced functions like replication configuration, logging, plug-ins and encryption.

Good
• Easy, centralized management with Red Hat Management Console

• Open source
• Compliant with LDAP 2 and 3
• Supports additional operating systems other than RHEL

Bad

• Setup doesn't include RC start-up scripts
• Documentation is immense

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