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Tools for synchronizing two directories

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We use a LDAP-Server on UNIX for authentication. I have heard that ADS of W2K supports LDAP v3. My problem is how to synchronize these two directories. We need the LDAP-Server because of its centralized database. Further more, we use a Web GUI to create, delete and modify users. Is there any tool, we can use?

You can do an initial synchronization via LDIF, LDAP Data Interchange Format. Do an LDIF dump from your LDAP-Server database and import the records into Active Directory using the LDIFDE tool that ships with W2K.

Once you've populated Active Directory, you can modify your web tool to update both Active Directory and LDAP-Server at the same time.

If you have a large database with many administrators, you might want to look at a metadirectory service such as Netscape Metadirectory Services or Microsoft Metadirectory Services. Be prepared for a long and tough installations but the end result is a tool that can fully manage both databases.

Personally, I think you'd be better off doing your own coding. You sound as if you have enough experience with LDAP programming to build the tools you need.

This was first published in May 2001

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