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When All Else Fails, Try the Common Name

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By Erich Burnett

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Posted: 19 Jul 2002

The dilema:
I was trying to reinstall LDAP on a NetWare 5.1 server from the server GUI. It prompted me for a user name, password and the context of the server I was installing LDAP to. I used the typefull distinguished name of one of our superusers. I got a message back saying that I didn't have sufficient rights. I also tried the typeless distinguished name, same error message.

After trying different user names and passwords, and getting different error messages, I concluded that in fact these users were being seen from NDS, however, something else was still wrong.

The breakthrough:
Then I tried the common name of our superuser, no context, no object labels, no periods. That's what it took! I finally got LDAP to finish installing.

A few months earlier, I ran into a similar problem trying to reinstall eDirectory but Sentos support told me there was nothing I could do but to blow away the server and start over. I think if I would have tried just the Common Name, my three-day weekend wouldn't have been shot rebuilding a server.

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