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LDAP Entries

The LDAP information model structures data as a tree - the Directory Information Tree (DIT), where the main element it is composed of is an entry. Entries contain information about some objects like persons, organizations, etc. Using LDAP Administrator you can not only create, rename and delete entries, but also copy and move them using the clipboard.

Entries Based on Naming Contexts

namingContexts is a special kind of RootDSE attributes used to describe top-level entries of an LDAP server. By default, LDAP Administrator represents such attributes as entries in order to make the browsing process a lot handier. In the application they are marked with the icon.

If, for example, you have specified RootDSE as the base DN for your server profile, this may restrict you from retrieving any sub-entries when expanding the profile because a vast majority of LDAP servers do not allow performing search under RootDSE. In this case LDAP Administrator will just publish top-level entries using the information provided by the namingContexts attributes.

Still, if you'd like to disable this feature, or to specify whether to display full DNs or just RDNs as the names for such entries, do it by configuring the application options.

Multi-Valued RDNs

Each entry is uniquely named relative to its sibling entries. For this purpose relative distinguished names (RDNs) are used. Each RDN consists of one or more distinguished attribute values. If there are more than one such values in an RDN, it is named a multi-valued RDN. Here is an example of a multi-valued RDN: ou=Sales+cn=John. LDAP Administrator provides powerful functionality to handle multi-valued RDNs.

Filtering Information

Sometimes, while browsing a directory, you receive a huge search result needing to be filtered. With the help of LDAP Administrator you can now set a different LDAP filter for each entry so to be able to restrict your LDAP server search to retrieving just the information you require. An LDAP filter can be applied to both siblings and descendants of an entry. In other words, an LDAP filter can be propagated. Learn more about filtering directory data.

Displayed Attributes

By default, when expanding an entry, all available attributes are returned. However, at times you might want to display just a selection of attributes. With LDAP Administrator you can specify which attributes to fetch for each entry while browsing a directory. This setting can by applied to both siblings and descendants of an entry. Learn more about filtering displayed attributes.

Each LDAP entry can be represented by an LDAP URL. To see this URL displayed and to copy it for further use, please go to the Entry Properties page.

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