How do I figure out which port my server is set up to receive LDAP requests?
The Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) is considered to be a standard in developing directory-based applications, and basically allows applications and client devices to automatically and quickly access directory information that is contained in a variety of places. This is important as companies rely on more linked databases and server environments, and as requests come in from mobile workers via the Internet. LDAP also allows users to update information on one server, and have that updated information catalogued in a variety of directories throughout the entire information network.
If you want to chart LDAP requests across multiple servers, you must basically take the advice my mother used to give my father during his many Sunday driving expeditions. That is, read the map! Most LDAP systems -- specifically Novell's NDS 8 -- automatically map and build routes to multiple servers when you install the directory services software. However, after the install, you can browse the network tree (or roadmap) and examine the LDAP Server and group objects that are created. You can also enable and disable LDPA on any one of your servers. Have a nice trip!
This was first published in May 2003