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anonymous profile picture
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20 June 2013, 4:21 AM


I'm trying to configure and test out various ldap methods to see what works, best but I seem to be stuck on even getting the default working. 

I'm on mahara 1.7.1 installed via the Ubuntu 12.04 packages.  I've installed php5-ldap and appears to be setup properly via phpinfo()


LDAP Support enabled
RCS Version $Id: ldap.c 321634 2012-01-01 13:15:04Z felipe $
Total Links 0/unlimited
API Version 3001
Vendor Name OpenLDAP
Vendor Version 20428
SASL Support Enabled


In the Mahara Plugin configuraitons I see the options for LDAP but no configuraiton. Ironically I do have SAML configuration abilities. 

I've read this blog post:

I'd like to also look at some of the extra plugins:

But before i get to those was hoping to test out the basics. 

Is there some dependancy that I may be missing? Or other tricks to enabling/configuraing LDAP in a default 1.7.1 install? 


Aaron Wells's profile picture
Posts: 896

20 June 2013, 11:57 AM

Hi Judd,

When you mention "Mahara Plugin configurations", do you mean the admin/extensions/plugins.php page? Because that's actually not where you configure LDAP authentication from. Smile

LDAP authentication is configured by setting up an "authentication instance" for one of your site's institutions. See:

If you're not doing a multi-tenanted installation (and really, most people aren't), then you might just want to add the LDAP instance to the "No Institution" institution.


anonymous profile picture
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25 June 2013, 1:21 AM

Thanks Aaron. That was exactly the problem I was looking for. Since I saw SAMAL configuration options, I assumed that there woudl also be LDAP configuration options there if enabled properly. Once going into the institution page, I found the LDAP settings. 



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