optiPoint application module How to configure LDAP

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This document contains practical information on how to configure the LDAP client on an optiPoint application module (via the "LDAP" application).

Scope of document

This document describes how to configure the optiPoint telephone so you can use and modify the LDAP function on the optiPoint application module.

The following topics are not dealt with in this document:

  • Running an LDAP search on an optiPoint application module
  • LDAP server administration
  • Configuring further applications on an optiPoint application module

For further information on these topics, refer to the relevant documents listed in section 4, “References”.

The information provided in this document contains merely general descriptions or characteristics of performance which in case of actual use do not always apply as described or which may change as a result of further development of the products.

The trademarks used are the property of Siemens AG or their respective owners.

What is LDAP?

LDAP is an abbreviation of Lightweight Directory Access Protocol.

This network protocol allows you to access a directory server (LDAP server) via an LDAP client. You can then access various information stored there.

In practice, this means, for example, that you enter the surname of a person you want to call in the optiPoint application module. After a few moments, a hit list of the name(s) matching your entry is displayed. You can then call this person directly using the number that appears.

Required components

The most important LDAP components are:

  • Directory server (LDAP server): provides hierarchical storage of attributes such as names, telephone numbers, etc.
  • LDAP client: allows you to enter search parameters and display the results.
The following devices support the LDAP function:
    • optiPoint application module
    • optiPoint display module
    • optiPoint 600 office
    • Other optiPoint telephones on the HiPath 3000/5000 communication platform (V5.0 and later)
  • LDAP template: connects input and output fields on the LDAP client with attributes on the directory server.