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Secure LDAP between Softerra and Novell NDS

Softerra LDAP Browser is a powerful tool for browsing servers, which support LDAP. Using Softerra LDAP Browser against a Novell NDS with secure LDAP is a different story. A secure LDAP connection is a connection which uses SSL certificates to encrypt the data stream.

I had to use my LDAP Browser to query a Novell NDS over a secure LDAP connection. After some searching, troubleshooting and cursing, I finally had a working situation. Here are the steps to perform this task:

  1. Download and install NetScape Communicator 4.8: I hear you think, but you have to install this specific version to retrieve the SSL certificate from the NDS server;
  2. Browse with NetScape to the NDS server: if the NDS server has the IP address 10.10.10.10 and secure LDAP is running on TCP port 636, you should browse to the following URL https://10.10.10.10:636 and accept the certificate;
  3. Retrieve the cert7.db and key3.db files from NetScape and copy to Softerra: after accepting the certificate, two new files are generated in the install directory from NetScape. These files are cert7.db and key3.db. The specific folder, in my situation, is: %install directory%\Users\default\. These files should be copied to the install directory from the Softerra LDAP Browser;
  4. Configure Softerra LDAP Browser: the last step is configuring Softerra LDAP Browser to connect to the NDS server over a secure LDAP connection. When using the correct parameters, the secure LDAP connection should be accessible and you are ready to browse;