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Lightweight Directory Access Protocol

Acronyms and stuff

  • o=organization
  • c=country
  • dn=distinguished_name
  • dc=domain_component
  • rdn=relative_distinguished_name
  • cn=common_name
  • uid=user_id


Show the whole ldap database

From the LDAP server


Show pwdFailureTime count and associated uid

sudo slapcat 2>/dev/null | egrep '^(pwdFailureTime|uid:)' | uniq -c -w 14 | grep -B1 pwdFailureTime

Show LDAP and local user account info

getent passwd maxb

Search an LDAP tree

ldapsearch -x -b "dc=example,dc=com"

This can be used when forwarding through ssh -L 3389: remotehost

ldapsearch -x -h -p 3389 -b "dc=example,dc=com"

Run a search while authenticated

This logs in as danielh and searches for a record with uid=robertc

ldapsearch -x -b "dc=example,dc=com" -D "uid=danielh,ou=people,dc=example,dc=com" -W "uid=danielh"

Refresh LDAP user cache on CentOS 6

nscd -i passwd ; nscd -i group ; /etc/init.d/lldpad restart ; /etc/init.d/nslcd restart ; /etc/init.d/nscd restart ;

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