Address Book: LDAP

The LDAP service provides contact information for staff and students within the department. All modern email programs can be set up to search LDAP servers to obtain email addresses. Once set up in this way, a user only has to put in a part of the intended recipient's first name or last name in order to see a list of possible people.

We provide two different email services:

  1. An authenticated service (ldaps.physics.ox.ac.uk) which requires that you provide login information for the connection. This has the great advantage that it will work from anywhere on the internet so is the recommended setup for laptops and external users.
  2. An anonymous service (ldap.physics.ox.ac.uk). As this doesn't require a set of login credentials, it is kept confidential by limiting access to computers that are on our internal network. It is recommended for any email client that doesn't currently support authenticated LDAP (e.g. PINE) and for any computer which is only every used on our internal network.

How to configure your email client to use LDAP

Each email client (program) is slightly different but the general approach is to find the part of the configuration which deals with address books. You will need to create an address book served by a remote server. If your email
client supports multiple address books, you may be able to have your own 'local address book' as well as the LDAP one and to set the order in which various address books are searched. You may want to select configuration options like
'automatically check against server when sending emails'.

Authenticated LDAP Service

You will need the following parameters when configuring your client

Host address

(server)
ldaps.physics.ox.ac.uk
Server Port

(this is non-standard so will have to be set)
3269
SSL required

(secure socket layer)
Yes
Search base

(searchDN)
DC=physics,DC=ox,DC=ac,DC=uk
BindDN

(username, if present tick the `My server needs me to login` box)
<physics-username>@physics.ox.ac.uk

Anonymous LDAP Service

You will need the following parameters when configuring your client.

Host address

(server)
ldap.physics.ox.ac.uk
Server Port

(this is the standard port)
389
SSL Required

(secure socket layer)
No
Search base

(searchDN)
DC=physics,DC=ox,DC=ac,DC=uk

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