Oracle FAQ Your Portal to the Oracle Knowledge Grid

Home -> Community -> Mailing Lists -> Oracle-L -> Re: LDAP/RADIUS and Oracle

Re: LDAP/RADIUS and Oracle

From: Jay Hostetter <>
Date: Thu, 08 Jun 2000 07:59:26 -0400
Message-Id: <>


  Thanks for the response. I am wading through the disks and documentation=  to try and find where they've buried the product. Just a few questions, = if you don't mind:
  No I need much of the OEM garbage?
  Are you using OID in production? =20
  What platform are you using?


Jay Hostetter
Oracle DBA
D. & E. Communications
Ephrata, PA USA

>>> guy ruth hammond <> 06/08/00 04:56AM >>> Jay Hostetter wrote:


> Is anybody out there storing LDAP "data" in an Oracle database? We
> are trying to configure a Network Access Server to authenticate against
> a RADIUS server. RADIUS servers can authenticate various ways. We
> would like to use LDAP, with the directory/authentication data stored in
> Oracle. We have not chosen a RADIUS product at this point. Our network
> admin wants to use LDAP so that it can be used for additional
> authentication (like mail servers, etc.).

You're right, OiD is the way to go. It works, but it's temperamental at best. The installation process is particularly broken: if you tell it to use an existing database for the OiD schema, it will create a bunch of new tablespaces (14 in all), and just place them all on the same filesystem, so if you want to optimize access, you have to move them yourself. And the startup process is kinda broken also: tell it to start, and it will - might be a second later, might be 30, it appears to be completely non deterministic (which is a *real* pain if you're starting it at boot and you have a dependent application that you=20 want to start then too). And if you try to install the .04 revision on 8.1.6, it will try to downgrade the Java components to 8.1.5, and Oracle Support have no idea why (their advice is simply to upgrade to .06, which fixes it). And don't get me started on their joke of a schema, they must have hired Damien Hirst to normalize it... or maybe HR Giger.

Other than that, it's a reasonably fast LDAP 3.0 compliant service, and you've got all the scalability that Oracle include in everything they do = -=20
3M users, no problem. It's extendable to your own record types, and once you get it up and running, it's reliable.




guy ruth hammond <> | One is punished for being
Technology Analysis & Consulting  | weak, not for being cruel.
07879607148 |       -- Baudelaire

Author: guy ruth hammond

Fat City Network Services    -- (858) 538-5051  FAX: (858) 538-5051
San Diego, California        -- Public Internet access / Mailing Lists
To REMOVE yourself from this mailing list, send an E-Mail message to: (note EXACT spelling of 'ListGuru') and in the message BODY, include a line containing: UNSUB ORACLE-L (or the name of mailing list you want to be removed from). You may also send the HELP command for other information (like subscribing). Received on Thu Jun 08 2000 - 06:59:26 CDT

Original text of this message