The Red Hat Directory Server includes a directory service, an administration server to manage multiple server instances, and a Java-based console to manage server instances through a graphical interface. This chapter provides an overview of the basic tasks for administering a directory service.
The Directory Server is a robust, scalable server designed to manage an enterprise-wide directory of users and resources. It is based on an open-systems server protocol called the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP). The server manages the directory databases and responds to client requests.
Directory Server is comprised of several components, which work in tandem:
The Directory Server is the core LDAP server daemon. It is compliant with LDAP v3 standards. This component includes command-line server management and administration programs and scripts for common operations like export and backing up databases.
The Directory Server Console is the user interface that simplifies management of users, groups, and other LDAP data. The Console is used for all aspects of the server management, including backups; security, replication, or databases configuration; server monitoring; and viewing statistics.
The Administration Server is the management agent which administers Directory Server instances. It communicates with the Directory Server Console and performs operations on the Directory Server instances. It also provides a simple HTML interface and online help pages.
You can administer Directory Server by using command-line utilities, but it is also possible to use the Directory Server Console.