Newbie Help please LDAP shared address book for Outlook 2003

Discussion in 'Active Directory' started by Roundy, Aug 30, 2006.

  1. Roundy

    Roundy Guest

    I am trying to setup a shared address book for our company. We are running
    Windows 2003 Server Standard Edition. I added a contact to Active Directory
    Users and Computers under an OU called Watertronics. I added one contact to
    it. I have been attempting to be able to view that address when clicking on
    to button in outlook.
    I have used adfind in order to get my search base correct...I think.
    Anyhow, I am thinking there must be something more to setting up an address
    book/list in active directory.

    What needs to be done on the server side for people to be able to use ldap
    to lookup addresses from outlook?

    for the server name I put in the h2o-main for the search base I have

    I add the server to outlook using h2o-main as the server name, and the
    search base above as the search base. I left the port set to 389.

    When I attempt to open the ldap address book from outlook it says no such
    object. Possibly your specified search base is invalid. Click ok and it says
    specified action could not be performed.
    Roundy, Aug 30, 2006
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  2. Hi,

    Is the machine your Outlook client on joined to the domain? Did you
    specify credentials when connecting to the address book in outlook?

    Windows 2003 by default will not allow anonymous ldap connections so you do
    require to be authenticated in order to do a search, otherwise you will
    return no results.

    Have you tried performing a search with a tool like ldp.exe from your
    client machine to see if you can find the records?

    Hope this helps,

    Brian Delaney
    Microsoft Canada
    Brian Delaney [MSFT], Sep 1, 2006
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  3. Roundy

    Roundy Guest

    Is it secure for me to put credentials in outlook? Does it keep them "safe".
    I had not put credentials into my ldap setup and voala, up came the contacts
    I was looking for. Thank you for your help.

    Do people ever setup just some generic credentials for reading LDAP on the
    server, instead of each person putting in their login information for logging
    into the network in there? Thanks for your help.
    Roundy, Sep 1, 2006
  4. Hi,

    You may want to post on one of the Outlook newsgroups for more information
    on how the credentials are stored in Outlook. To the best of my knowledge
    there is no greater risk in storing credentials in Outlook then there are
    in using stored user names and passwords, perhaps even less of a risk.

    Yes, I have worked with a few customers that have setup a generic account
    which cannot really do anything but read the ldap directory and give that
    to the users who are using the shared ldap directory.

    Hope this helps,

    Brian Delaney
    Microsoft Canada

    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    Brian Delaney [MSFT], Sep 1, 2006
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