LDAP Account Manager (LAM) is a web frontend for managing entries (e.g. users, groups, DHCP settings) stored in an LDAP directory. The LDAP Account Manager tool was designed to make LDAP management as easy as possible for the user.

LAM ease administration of LDAP entries by abstracting the technical details of LDAP and allowing administrators and users without technical background to manage LDAP server. If needed, experienced users can directly edit LDAP entries via the integrated LDAP browser.

Features of LDAP Account Manager

  • Manages Unix, Samba 3/4, Kolab 3, Kopano, DHCP, SSH keys, a group of names and much more
  • Has support for 2-factor authentication
  • Support for account creation profiles
  • CSV file upload
  • Automatic creation/deletion of home directories
  • setting file system quotas
  • PDF output for all accounts
  • schema and LDAP browser
  • manages multiple servers with different configurations

You can unlock more features with LDAP Account Manager pro edition, such as:

  • Users being able to edit their own data (e.g. password, address, telephone numbers, …)
  • Uses resetting their own passwords
  • Support for users self-registration
  • Support for custom LDAP schema
  • Unix, Samba 3/4, Kopano, …
  • Supports multiple self-service profiles (e.g. for different LDAP servers and/or use-cases)

LDAP Account Manager Dependencies

LDAP Account Manager has a number of dependencies, namely:

The steps below highlight how to install and configure LDAP Account Manager on CentOS 8 .

Step 1: Install OpenLDAP Server

Install OpenLDAP on CentOS 8 using the guide below.

 Install and configure OpenLDAP on CentOS 8

Step 2: Install Apache Web server & PHP

Install Apache and PHP on your CentOS 8 server. Also install PHP modules that will be required to setup LDAP Account Manager.

sudo dnf install httpd httpd-tools php php-fpm php-mysqlnd php-opcache php-gd php-xml php-mbstring php-json php-gmp php-zip php-ldap -y

Start and enable Apache server and PHP-FPM.

sudo systemctl enable --now php-fpm
sudo systemctl enable --now httpd

Check that the services are running.

sudo systemctl status php-fpm
sudo systemctl status httpd

Inform SELinux to allow Apache to serve PHP files through PHP-FPM

sudo setsebool -P httpd_execmem 1

Restart Apache

sudo systemctl restart httpd

Allow Apache through firewall

sudo firewall-cmd --permanent --zone=public --add-service=http
sudo firewall-cmd --reload

Step 3: Install LDAP Account Manager

Download the latest RPM file from LAM release page. At the time of this tutorial, the latest version is 7.4.0.

wget https://liquidtelecom.dl.sourceforge.net/project/lam/LAM/7.4/ldap-account-manager-7.4-0.fedora.1.noarch.rpm

Install the RPM file on your CentOS 8 host.

sudo rpm -i ldap-account-manager-*.rpm

Step 3: Configure LDAP Account Manager

Access the LDAP Manager web interface with:

http://(server IP or hostname)/lam

Example: //ldapmaster.computingforgeeks.com/lam.

You will be directed to the LDAP account manager login page.

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Click on LAM configuration option on the upper right corner to configure your LDAP manager instance.

On the page that appears, click on “Edit Server Profiles”.

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This will ask for profile name password and password.

The default password is lam

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Change the default password as soon as you have gained access. This is in the General settings page under Profile password.

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Next, set the LDAP server address and Tree Suffix to match the details of your domain.

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Configure the dashboard login user by specifying the admin user account and domain components in the Security settings.

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Navigate to “Account Types” page and configure Active account types for users and groups.

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You can enable several other user and group modules in the “Modules” page.

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Finally, click “Save” at the bottom to write the changes.

Step 4: Add user accounts and groups with LDAP Account Manager

Login with the account admin to manage your users and groups.

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Create User Group

You will be required to create a user group before creating the users. Navigate to Groups > New Group to add a new group.

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Assign the Group name, the other fields are optional.

Add User Accounts

We can now proceed to create users once the groups have been setup. Go to Users > New User to add a new user account to LDAP.

Add the following information for the entries.

  • Personal – The personal details of the user, including names, contact details. The important field is the last name.
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  • Unix – Contains the username, the user groups, user home directory, the users default shell.
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  • Shadow – This is where you configure password aging information.
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Once this is done, you can now configure your Linux servers and applications to authenticate against the LDAP server.

Check the guide below on how to setup LDAP client on Ubuntu.

Configure LDAP Client on Ubuntu

Secure Apache Web Pages with LDAP Authentication

Integrate Harbor Registry With LDAP for user Authentication

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