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    Collaba: LDAP connectivity

    LDAP synchronization is an important feature for any medium and large size organization. If you already have a local directory where all your users are registered (such as Microsoft Active Directory), it can be used to create Collaba user accounts transparently, and to centralize login passwords.

    Authentication

    LDAP can be used by Collaba at user login time to validate authentication. When LDAP is used this way, user passwords are not stored in Collaba; they remain in the LDAP directory. This means that users can get into the portal with the same password they are most likely using elsewhere on another LDAP-enabled system.

    Users

    Collaba can use LDAP as a data source to create user accounts dynamically. User information (ex: name, user id, e-mail address, personal contact information etc.) can be derived from LDAP as well. When using LDAP for user profile synchronization and authentication, you can avoid creating user accounts yourself; everything is created automatically from LDAP.

    User groups

    Finally, Collaba can use LDAP to synchronize user groups. Basic group information is imported automatically (name, e-mail address, etc.). Most importantly, group members (users) can be synchronized as well, thereby importing complete user identity and memberships automatically.

    Technical details

    Many LDAPv3-compliant servers are supported:

    • Apache Directory Server (open-source)
    • Fedora Directory Server (open-source)
    • OpenDS (open-source)
    • OpenLDAP (open-source)
    • Microsoft Active Directory
    • Apple Open Directory
    • Sun Java System Directory Server
    • Novell eDirectory