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Lesson 6. Using Open Directory > Delivery of LDAP Server Information Over DHCP

Delivery of LDAP Server Information Over DHCP

Once you have an Open Directory master set up, you must configure the client computers to connect, or bind, to the server. Using Directory Access on each client computer, you create an LDAP configuration that has the address and search path for your Open Directory master. This method forces you to visit every computer running Mac OS X, which can be quite time consuming if you have a few hundred Mac OS X computers that need to be bound to your server.

An alternative to manually setting the address on each computer is to provide the LDAP binding information through the DHCP service. As explained earlier in Lesson 3, “Using Network Services,” you can configure the Mac OS X Server DHCP service to provide connection information for an LDAP server. After the DHCP service has been configured, the client computer requests the address of an LDAP directory server from the DHCP service that also supplies the computer's IP address, router address, and DNS server addresses. That LDAP server's address automatically becomes part of your Mac OS X computer's search path.


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