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I am getting started with openLdap 2.4 and am having a bit of trouble, all the examples I see seem to refer to previous versions which used the text config file slapd.conf but from what I see on discussions about v2.4, this has been deprecated.

I thought prehaps I needed to add a user, and log in as them> but when I try and run an ldapadd command, I get a prompt to enter a password:

Enter LDAP Password: 
ldap_bind: Invalid credentials (49)

Notes: I installed openldap server via yum (in fedora 15), and have installed phpldapadminbut also can try things on the command line if anyone has suggestions.

After installing and starting I get the following response from a search:

# ldapsearch -x -b '' -s base '(objectclass=*)' namingContexts
# extended LDIF
# LDAPv3
# base <> with scope baseObject
# filter: (objectclass=*)
# requesting: namingContexts 
namingContexts: dc=my-domain,dc=com    
# search result
search: 2
result: 0 Success

# numResponses: 2
# numEntries: 1

I am glad to remove and reinstall the server if that helps, can anyone provide a link to tips that works for version 2.4 for a new setup?

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slapd.conf still works in OpenLDAP 2.4, however 'de-emphasised' it may be in the documentation.

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This is old, but the question and non-answer pop up on searches a lot. First, run slappasswd to generate a password.

New password: ************
Re-enter new password: *************

Then use that value to populate your backend's config.

ldapmodify -Q -Y EXTERNAL -H ldapi:/// << E0F
dn: olcDatabase={2}hdb,cn=config
changetype: modify
add: olcRootPW
olcRootPW: {SSHA}qUoTRPwppaedqHQTgYOPYWokr3SiXjbK

Your dn may be different than the dn shown here. The config databases are found, on RHEL7, in /etc/openldap/slapd.d/cn=config. Now you can log in using the default rootdn.

If you wish, you can set your own value for the root dn:

ldapmodify -Q -Y EXTERNAL -H ldapi:/// << E0F
dn: olcDatabase={2}hdb,cn=config
changetype: modify
replace: olcRootDN
olcRootDN: cn=manager,dc=example,dc=com
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