LDAP Basic auth over SSL using S.DS.P

5 December, 2008 § Leave a comment

I recently ran in to an issue where self-signed certificates were causing an LdapException to be thrown. The LdapException simply said “The LDAP server is unavailable.” Pretty ambiguous, huh? Well, long story short, the LDAP server had been configured with a self-signed SSL certificate, and that certificate wasn’t trusted on theĀ machineĀ I was using. How could I check this?

Well, there’s two ways to check this.

1.) I opened up the certificate manager and checked. Using Vista, click the Start menu and type “certmgr.msc” in the text field. Hit Enter and it will bring up the Certificate Manager for the machine. You can look for the certificate within a number of the folders shown.

2.) I added a callback method to the LdapConnection.SessionOptions variable. This turned out to be a necessary add for the future because I can now fully understand and report to a user why the connection was bad.

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