Setting up Directory Server(389-DS) and Directory Server Admin Console on CentOS 7

Since 389-DS is missing in yum repo of CentOS7 presently and information related it not available. I tried to figure out installation and setup steps to do it are listed in post

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389-ds is available in the epel repository, so you can avoid downloading the rpms manually.

wget http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/RPM-GPG-KEY-EPEL-7

wget http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/epel-release-latest-7.noarch.rpm

sudo rpm --import RPM-GPG-KEY-EPEL-7

sudo yum localinstall epel-release-latest-7.noarch.rpm

sudo yum install 389-ds-base 389-admin

Then follow the steps from the first answer (step 6 - setup-ds-admin.pl )


Steps to install and setup 389-ds on centos7

Note: Presently all components of 389-ds are not available in yum repo of CentOS7. So to install and setup 389-ds on CentOS7 few packages are needs to be downloaded from internet and copied to local In future all components of 389-ds might be available in yum repo of CentOS 7


  1. Do basic machine configuration like proxy,yum update,xrdp installation
  2. Add user for ldap

    useradd ldapadmin

    passwd ldapadmin

  3. yum install 389-ds-base [present in yum repo of CentOS7]
  4. Download pre-requisite packages from internet







  5. Install following packages in sequence [use yum command to install copied packages for auto installation of dependant packages]

    yum install idm-console-framework-1.1.7-2.el6.noarch.rpm [not present in yum repo of CentOS7]

    yum install 389-adminutil-1.1.19-1.fc19.x86_64.rpm [not present in yum repo of CentOS7]

    yum install 389-admin-1.1.35-1.fc19.x86_64.rpm [not present in yum repo of CentOS7]

    yum install 389-admin-console-1.1.8-1.el6.noarch.rpm [not present in yum repo of CentOS7]

    yum install 389-console-1.1.7-1.el6.noarch.rpm [not present in yum repo of CentOS7]

    yum install 389-ds-console-1.2.6-1.el6.noarch.rpm [not present in yum repo of CentOS7]

  6. Setup directory server by executing >setup-ds-admin.pl Seeps to follow as followed...

[root@ldap-mm-dhs ~]# setup-ds-admin.pl

============================================================================== This program will set up the 389 Directory and Administration Servers.

It is recommended that you have "root" privilege to set up the software. Tips for using this program: - Press "Enter" to choose the default and go to the next screen - Type "Control-B" then "Enter" to go back to the previous screen - Type "Control-C" to cancel the setup program

Would you like to continue with set up? [yes]:

============================================================================== Your system has been scanned for potential problems, missing patches, etc. The following output is a report of the items found that need to be addressed before running this software in a production environment.

389 Directory Server system tuning analysis version 23-FEBRUARY-2012.

NOTICE : System is x86_64-unknown-linux3.10.0-123.6.3.el7.x86_64 (2 processors).

NOTICE : The net.ipv4.tcp_keepalive_time is set to 7200000 milliseconds (120 minutes). This may cause temporary server congestion from lost client connections.

WARNING: There are only 1024 file descriptors (soft limit) available, which limit the number of simultaneous connections.

WARNING : The warning messages above should be reviewed before proceeding.

Would you like to continue? [no]: n yes

============================================================================== Choose a setup type:

  1. Express Allows you to quickly set up the servers using the most common options and pre-defined defaults. Useful for quick evaluation of the products.

  2. Typical Allows you to specify common defaults and options.

  3. Custom Allows you to specify more advanced options. This is recommended for experienced server administrators only.

To accept the default shown in brackets, press the Enter key.

Choose a setup type [2]:

============================================================================== Enter the fully qualified domain name of the computer on which you're setting up server software. Using the form . Example: eros.example.com.

To accept the default shown in brackets, press the Enter key.

Warning: This step may take a few minutes if your DNS servers can not be reached or if DNS is not configured correctly. If you would rather not wait, hit Ctrl-C and run this program again with the following command line option to specify the hostname:


Computer name [ldap-mm-dhs.cloud.vcba.in]:

============================================================================== The servers must run as a specific user in a specific group. It is strongly recommended that this user should have no privileges on the computer (i.e. a non-root user). The setup procedure will give this user/group some permissions in specific paths/files to perform server-specific operations.

If you have not yet created a user and group for the servers, create this user and group using your native operating system utilities.

System User [nobody]: ldapadmin System Group [nobody]: ldapadmin

============================================================================== Server information is stored in the configuration directory server. This information is used by the console and administration server to configure and manage your servers. If you have already set up a configuration directory server, you should register any servers you set up or create with the configuration server. To do so, the following information about the configuration server is required: the fully qualified host name of the form .(e.g. hostname.example.com), the port number (default 389), the suffix, the DN and password of a user having permission to write the configuration information, usually the configuration directory administrator, and if you are using security (TLS/SSL). If you are using TLS/SSL, specify the TLS/SSL (LDAPS) port number (default 636) instead of the regular LDAP port number, and provide the CA certificate (in PEM/ASCII format).

If you do not yet have a configuration directory server, enter 'No' to be prompted to set up one.

Do you want to register this software with an existing configuration directory server? [no]:

============================================================================== Please enter the administrator ID for the configuration directory server. This is the ID typically used to log in to the console. You will also be prompted for the password.

Configuration directory server administrator ID [admin]: Password: Password (confirm):

============================================================================== The information stored in the configuration directory server can be separated into different Administration Domains. If you are managing multiple software releases at the same time, or managing information about multiple domains, you may use the Administration Domain to keep them separate.

If you are not using administrative domains, press Enter to select the default. Otherwise, enter some descriptive, unique name for the administration domain, such as the name of the organization responsible for managing the domain.

Administration Domain [cloud.vcba.in]:

============================================================================== The standard directory server network port number is 389. However, if you are not logged as the superuser, or port 389 is in use, the default value will be a random unused port number greater than 1024. If you want to use port 389, make sure that you are logged in as the superuser, that port 389 is not in use.

Directory server network port [389]:

============================================================================== Each instance of a directory server requires a unique identifier. This identifier is used to name the various instance specific files and directories in the file system, as well as for other uses as a server instance identifier.

Directory server identifier [ldap-mm-dhs]:

============================================================================== The suffix is the root of your directory tree. The suffix must be a valid DN. It is recommended that you use the dc=domaincomponent suffix convention. For example, if your domain is example.com, you should use dc=example,dc=com for your suffix. Setup will create this initial suffix for you, but you may have more than one suffix. Use the directory server utilities to create additional suffixes.

Suffix [dc=cloud, dc=vcba, dc=in]:

============================================================================== Certain directory server operations require an administrative user. This user is referred to as the Directory Manager and typically has a bind Distinguished Name (DN) of cn=Directory Manager. You will also be prompted for the password for this user. The password must be at least 8 characters long, and contain no spaces. Press Control-B or type the word "back", then Enter to back up and start over.

Directory Manager DN [cn=Directory Manager]: Password: Password (confirm):

============================================================================== The Administration Server is separate from any of your web or application servers since it listens to a different port and access to it is restricted.

Pick a port number between 1024 and 65535 to run your Administration Server on. You should NOT use a port number which you plan to run a web or application server on, rather, select a number which you will remember and which will not be used for anything else.

Administration port [9830]:

============================================================================== The interactive phase is complete. The script will now set up your servers. Enter No or go Back if you want to change something.

Are you ready to set up your servers? [yes]: Creating directory server . . . Your new DS instance 'ldap-mm-dhs' was successfully created. Creating the configuration directory server . . . Beginning Admin Server creation . . . Creating Admin Server files and directories . . . Updating adm.conf . . . Updating admpw . . . Registering admin server with the configuration directory server . . . Updating adm.conf with information from configuration directory server . . . Updating the configuration for the httpd engine . . . Starting admin server . . . The admin server was successfully started. Admin server was successfully created, configured, and started. Exiting . . . Log file is '/tmp/setupvloH2E.log'

Note : Once setup is complete you will see directory server and directory server admin is running on port 389 and 9830 respectively

To start or stop directory server use >start-dirsrv >stop-dirsrv

To start or stop directory server admin use >start-ds-admin >stop-ds-admin

You can locate important configuration files @/etc/dirsrv/

You can locate related log files @/var/log/dirsrv

  1. Use [ >389-console ] for connecting to directory server with User ID: admin Password: <*****> Admin. URL : localhost:9830

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