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AXIGEN Mail Server & eDirectory Services Integration

This article focuses on the integration between the AXIGEN messaging solution and the eDirectory Services product developed by Novell. The actual level of interaction between the solutions is limited to the user authentication process. Specifically, by following the steps described herein, you will be able to allow the authentication process, that AXIGEN usually performs using the internal database, to be outsourced into eDirectory. This simplifies credential management and ensures password consistency across multiple applications and network services.

AXIGEN Configuration
Prior to proceeding with the AXIGEN / eDirectory Services authentication configuration, you need to enable the LDAP interface for the Novell eDirectory service. Please consult the eDirectory user manual provided by the product vendor on how to achieve this if not already enabled.

Before the AXIGEN server can authenticate account credentials using eDirectory, you need to create an LDAP connector suited for this process:
  • Log in with an administrative user that has sufficient privileges in the AXIGEN WebAdmin interface;
  • Go to the LDAP Connectors tab in the Clustering Setup context;
  • Add a new LDAP connector or edit an already existing one;
  • Enter the IP / Hostname and Port values that reflect the eDirectory configuration;
  • Specify the server type as OpenLDAP, as it closely resembles the eDirectory setup;
  • Select the Use anonymous bind radio button;
  • Enter the Account base DN value. Should look similar to dc=novell, dc=local;
  • Leave the other options unchanged (should be set to default if already modified) and save the new configuration.

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