About LDAPCon

A technology conference hosted by and on behalf of the LDAP community. It’s both independent of and friendly to commercial and open source interests. First held in 2007 (Köln) and occurs every other year, typically lasts from two to three days. This year we’ll be in Sofia.

More on this year’s event…

Day 1: Workshops

OpenLDAP Replication Workshop
This tutorial takes the attendee through the process of setting up a multi-tier OpenLDAP replication network. The use case covers installation and configuration of a multi-master cluster and selectively replicating entries based on filters. The documentation provides the instructions for installing onto Centos 7 virtual machines including sample configurations and test cases used to verify completion.

Set up Single Sign On, Access Control and Second Factor Authentication on web application with LemonLDAP::NG
LemonLDAP::NG is a free software (GPL license) that you can use to provide Single Sign-On and Access control to Web applications.
This workshop teaches how to deploy and configure the solution, enable second factor authentication (2FA) and protect sample applications.

Day 2 and 3: Technology sessions

Examples of scheduled presentations on LDAP technology practices:

  • A new federated IdM server called Sparrow was first introduced back in ’17 (LdapCon Brussels) by longtime Apache Directory project member Kiran Ayyagari. The Sparrow provisions identities and entitlements using the SCIM protocol, with a backend that supports LDAPv3 operations. It was written in the Go language.  
  • Clément Oudot OW2 member, will talk about FusionIAM, an open source project that combines several other projects (like OpenLDAP and LemonLDAP) into a single solution.  
  • From the community, Mark Perry, will describe how to model user entitlements with JSON and REST into LDAP. Objectives are better security and accountability of data for employee and consumer use cases.  
  • Michael Ströder longtime advocate and member of various open source projects, will discuss the Æ-DIR open source IdM system. It’s used along with a custom PAM/NSS service, called aehostd to manage system level security inside production deployments with over 15K hosts.

The implementation talks cover server products from established commercial sponsors like ForgeRock, Symas and Redhat.

Some of the implementation topics being discussed:

  • OpenLDAP Developer Ondřej Kuzník will deep dive into fixing long-standing corner-cases in OpenLDAP’s syncrepl implementation.
  • Former Sun Microsystems employee and LDAP oldtimer Ludovic Poitou will discuss ForgeRock’s work on their directory server and how it was designed to help operations inside modern cloud computing environments.
  • Red Hatter Simon Pichugin talks about the Lib389 Python library’s developmental history, architecture and how it solves problems surrounding 389 Directory Server usage. Topics like command line tooling, web user interfaces and testing will be discussed.
  • OpenLDAP’s Chief Architect Howard Chu will discuss feature changes recently made to OpenLDAP to support replication with Active Directory and legacy Sun Directory Server systems. He might just play a violin solo as well.

Speakers are from a wide variety of backgrounds, both small and large companies, public universities, open source communities and independent consultants.  Some of the speakers are users of LDAP technologies and will share their latest techniques.  Others are members from the various server communities, like ForgeRock, Apache and OpenLDAP, combining decades of experience into their talks.

Why LDAPCon?

It’s a place for practitioners to gain a broader understanding of what’s going on. It’s also for those who’re already current, but need a sounding board. Where those hard-won lessons, that took years to learn, get passed on. Bring an innovative mindset, we’ll be exploring new features and products as well.

Who comes to LDAPCon?

Here the audience members can be more experienced than the speakers. Newbies, sysadmins, developers, managers and security gurus sit alongside the oldtimers in a spirit of mutual respect and good fellowship. There’ll be lots of elbow rubbing in the hallways, galleys and pubs. The camaraderie helps build new long-lasting friendships leading to ideas bound not just for home, but the global marketplace.