Chapter 1. Preparing for a Directory Server Installation

Before you install Red Hat Directory Server, there are required settings and information that you need to plan in advance. This chapter describes the kind of information that you should provide, relevant directory service concepts Directory Server components, and the impact and scope of integrating Directory Server into your computing infrastructure.
The information that is covered here and supplied during the Directory Server setup relates to the design of your directory tree (the hierarchical arrangement of your directory, including all major roots and branch points) and relates to your directory suffixes and databases. See the Red Hat Directory Server Administration Guide for more information on suffixes and databases.

1.1. Directory Server Components

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 managing users, groups, and other LDAP data for your enterprise. The Console is used for all aspects of server management, including making backups; configuring security, replication, and databases; adding entries; and monitoring servers and viewing statistics.
  • The Administration Server is the management agent which administers Directory Servers. 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. There must be one Administration Server running on a machine which has a Configuration Directory Server instance running on it.