10.4. Exporting and Importing an Encrypted Database

Exporting and importing encrypted databases is similar to exporting and importing regular databases. However, the encrypted information must be decrypted when you export the data and re-encrypted when you reimport it to the database.

10.4.1. Exporting an Encrypted Database

To export data from an encrypted database, pass the -E parameter to the dsconf command.
For example, to export the complete userRoot database with decrypted attributes:
# dsconf -D "cn=Directory Manager" ldap://server.example.com backend export -E userRoot
Alternatively, you can export only a specific subtree. For example, to export all data from the ou=People,dc=example,dc=com entry:
# dsconf -D "cn=Directory Manager" ldap://server.example.com backend export -E -s "ou=People,dc=example,dc=com" userRoot
For further details about using dsconf to export data, see Section, “Exporting a Databases Using the dsconf backend export Command”.

10.4.2. Importing an LDIF File into an Encrypted Database

To import data to a database when attribute encryption is enabled:
  1. Stop the Directory Server instance:
    # dsctl instance_name stop
  2. If you replaced the certificate database between the last export and this import, edit the /etc/dirsrv/slapd-instance_name/dse.ldif file, and remove the following entries including their attributes:
    • cn=AES,cn=encrypted attribute keys,cn=database_name,cn=ldbm database,cn=plugins,cn=config
    • cn=3DES,cn=encrypted attribute keys,cn=database_name,cn=ldbm database,cn=plugins,cn=config


    Remove the entries for all databases. If any entry that contains the nsSymmetricKey attribute is left in the /etc/dirsrv/slapd-instance_name/dse.ldif file, Directory Server will fail to start.
  3. Import the LDIF file. For example, to import the /tmp/example.ldif into the userRoot database:
    # dsctl instance_name ldif2db --encrypted userRoot /tmp/example.ldif
    The --encrypted parameter enables the script to encrypt attributes configured for encryption during the import.
  4. Start the instance:
    # dsctl instance_name start