Installing OpenLDAP on Windows 7

In this article, we will learn how to install OpenLDAP on Windows 7 system as a Windows service.

This article will explain how to set up OpenLDAP locally on the Windows system. This setup can be used for development purposes. This is not a production environment level setup of OpenLDAP. This installation can be only used for local development.

Downloading and installing openLDAP on windows 7

Download OpenLDAP for windows from here.

Extract the Zip downloaded file. We can extract the file in any directory. I have extracted to the location: D:\software\Development\LDAP\ on my system.

Run the extracted .exe file to start the OpenLDAP installation.

The below screen will appear. Click on the Yes button.

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Click on the Next button on the below screen.

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Accept the T&C and click on the Next button.

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Choose the destination folder, where the OpenLDAP should be installed in the system by clicking on the Change button. Click on the Next button.

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  • Keep the default setup and click on the Next button.
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Enter the server name/ IP address and Password, keep the default setting for other fields and click on the Next button.

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Select the Database backend and click on the Next button.

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Click on the Next button.

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Finally, click on the Install button.

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Installing the LDAP Tool

To access the installed OpenLDAP, we can install LDAP Tool.

Download the LDAP Tool from here.

Run the .exe file. Click on the Next button.

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Accept the License Agreement and click on the Next button.

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Select the system path, to install the LDAP Tool, and click on the Next button.

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Click on the Next button.

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Also, click on the Next button again.

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Again, click on the Install button on the below screen.

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Finally, click on the Finish button.

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Browsing the LDAP data

Open the LDAP Explorer Tool window. The empty LDAP Explorer Tool window will be opened as shown below.

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Select the File > Configurations option. The configuration window will be displayed as shown below.

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Enter the configuration name.

Enter the server IP, port, SSL port details on the server window.

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Finally, enter the User DN with value: cn=Manager,dc=maxcrc,dc=com, enter the password field with password: secret. Also, click on the Guess value button to detect the default Base DN value. Finally, click on the OK button.

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Now we can browse the LDAP details.

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Browsing with more data

We can load more user details from external LDIF files. Create a new ldif file with the below content under ldifdata folder of installed LDAP folder.

asb1.ldif

dn: cn=John,ou=People,dc=maxcrc,dc=com
objectclass: inetOrgPerson
cn: John
sn: john
uid: john
userpassword: john
homephone: 555-111-2222
mail: john@example.com
description: A randon guy
ou: Engineering

asb2.ldif

dn: cn=asbnotebook1,ou=People,dc=maxcrc,dc=com
objectclass: inetOrgPerson
cn: asbnotebook1
sn: asb1
uid: asb123
userpassword: pwd
homephone: 111-2222-333
mail: asbnotebook@gmail.com
description: blah blah blah
ou: ASB

dn: cn=asbnotebook2,ou=People,dc=maxcrc,dc=com
objectclass: inetOrgPerson
cn: asbnotebook2
sn: asb2
uid: asb456
userpassword: pwd
homephone: 111-2222-777
mail: asbnotebook2@gmail.com
description: blah blah blah
ou: ASB

Now Navigate to the ClientTools folder of the installed LDAP folder. Open the command prompt and run the below command to load new LDIF files:

ldapmodify.exe -a -x -h localhost -p 389 -D "cn=manager,dc=maxcrc,dc=com" -f D:\software\Development\LDAP\InstalledLDAP\ldifdata\asb1.ldif -w secret
ldapmodify.exe -a -x -h localhost -p 389 -D "cn=manager,dc=maxcrc,dc=com" -f D:\software\Development\LDAP\InstalledLDAP\ldifdata\asb2.ldif -w secret

We can see the successfully added LDAP entries upon running the above import command.

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Now we can be able to see the newly created LDAP records on LDAP Explorer Tool.

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Congratulations!! 🙂 🙂 We have successfully set up OpenLDAP on the Windows 7 system.

Conclusion

In this article, we learned how to set up the OpenLDAP on windows for development purposes. We also installed LDAP Explorer Tool to browse the available LDAP records.

I hope this article helps set up the LDAP on your Windows system. 🙂 Let me know if you face any difficulties while setting up the LDAP on your system by dropping a comment below.