Configuring Novell eDirectory authentication

Each user account set up uses an authentication provider to facilitate user logon. By default, a pre-defined Application authentication provider is included. Multiple authentication types are supported, including those using the Lightweight Directory Access (LDAP) protocol. You can use the Manage Providers dialog box to add, modify or remove an authentication provider that uses Novell eDirectory.

To configure Novell eDirectory authentication

  1. In the desktop System Settings module, under Actions, click Manage Providers.
  2. In the Manage Providers dialog box, click Add.
  3. In the Authentication Provider Name box, type a name.
  4. In the Authentication Type list, select NDS eDirectory.
  5. In the Server box, type the fully qualified distinguished name (FqDN) of the Novell eDirectory server, for example
  6. In the Domain/Filter box, type the Lightweight Directory Access (LDAP) query format for the provider, for example (objectclass=user).
  7. For the fields in the Field Mapping group box (first name, last name, email, and user name boxes), type the Lightweight Directory Access (LDAP) directory property that contains the data that best matches the field name. The default values should be correct in most cases for the Novell eDirectory Lightweight Directory Access (LDAP) provider.
  8. Under Connect As, enter a user name and password. This is used to validate the provider settings. In Novell eDirectory, the user name must be a fully qualified distinguished name (FqDN) with sufficient rights to execute the Lightweight Directory Access (LDAP) filter on the directory services server.
  9. Click Apply. This will verify that Novell eDirectory is present in the path specified, and that the Lightweight Directory Access (LDAP) query returns more than zero users. There is no user validation.
  10. If you receive a "Server does not exist" error, modify the provider properties and try again. If no errors return, close the Manage Providers dialog.