LDAP stands for "Lightweight Directory Access Protocol"
and is a protocol which allows you to query a database over a
network. Our LDAP server (ldaps.UGent.be) contains a lot of information, of which certain fields , such as name, email address and telephone number, are available to users with a UGent account. The LDAP can be used as address book in a mail client. Other LDAP information is not made public and can only be used by certain
applications. For more info, go to the webpage concerning the
Information on Authentication of users
within your own applications.
To retrieve information from a LDAP server, you need an LDAP
client. One way to query the UGent LDAP server is to use the
Phonebook on the UGent website. Another use is as address book in
your email client.
The new LDAP server can only be reached using the the LDAPS (LDAP over SSL) protocol. Version 3 of the LDAP
protocol (LDAPv3) is used.
The LDAP server can only be reached within the UGent-domain. This
means it can not be used as an address book if you are connected
to the internet through another provider. Using a VPN connection, your pc becomes part of the UGent
domain, which opens the possibility to use the LDAP for your
LDAP as address book
For the use of the LDAP as address book, use the settings
How to configure your mail client? Links to examples
for the most common mail clients, can be found at the top of this
Directory Server : ldaps.UGent.be
Base DN : dc=UGent,dc=be
Security : use SSL
Port Number : 636
Mind that this can only be used from within the UGent domain, so
either within the UGent buildings or after setting up a VPN connection (exception is webmail, where you
can use the LDAP without setting up a VPN).