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Tutorial Install and Configure OpenLDAP on Windows

In this article, we are going to teach you How to Install and Configure OpenLDAP on Windows step by step. LDAP is a protocol that allows anyone to find organizations, individuals, and other resources such as files, devices on the network, both on the Internet and on the internal network. You must use the OpenLDAP tool to use this protocol.

Install and Configure OpenLDAP on Windows Server

At the beginning of this article, we will have a definition of LDAP. Then we introduce you to OpenLDAP. Then in the next step, you will be taught how to install OpenLDAP on Windows. The final step will explain how to configure and complete the OpenLDAP installation process. Stay with us.

Introducing LDAP

LDAP stands for Lightweight Directory Access Protocol, which is a standard protocol application for accessing and maintaining distributed directory information services over the Internet Protocol Network. LDAP is a contract in the computer network and in the application layer that is used to communicate with the directory service. This protocol is documented in RFC 2251 and RFC 3377. LDAP allows you to manage and connect to different directories on the network, each of which may have a different operating system platform and structure.

What is OpenLDAP?

OpenLDAP is an open-source implementation of the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol or LDAP. OpenLDAP is free and created by the OpenLDAP project. This license is issued under its BSD license called OpenLDAP Public License.

How to Install OpenLDAP on Windows

In this section, we want to teach you how to install OpenLDAP on Windows. The first step is to download OpenLDAP from the official website.

Now, wait for the download to finish.

Then, You should go to the Downloads folder and double-click on the downloaded file.

You will be asked if you want the setup wizard to install OpenLDAP. Click Yes:


In the window that opens, click Next to continue:

setup wizard to install OpenLDAP

Now you should check the box for “I accept terms of the License Agreement” and click Next again:

setup wizard to install OpenLDAP on win

In this step, you can change the destination folder by clicking on change. Then click Next:

openldap_change the destination folder

Now you should select the way you want features to be installed and then click Next again:


At this point, you can modify the default values. If you want to manage server properties remotely, you should check the dynamic configuration backend option. Finally, click Next:

openldap_dynamic configuration backend option

How to Configure OpenLDAP on Windows

Now you should select one of the backend engines and then click Next:

openldap_backend engines

You can configure BDB backend Properties here and Then click Next:

openldap_configure MDB backend Properties

You should click the Install button to start the installation:


Wait a few moments for the installation process to finish. Finally, click close to exit the setup wizard.


This article introduced you to LDAP and also OpenLDAP. In the continuation of the article, You learned how to install and configure OpenLDAP with our step-by-step tutorial. It also runs on the BSD family of operating systems, as well as a wide range of other operating systems.

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