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Google Apps Active Directory and LDAP Sync

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We had a TechStars picnic at my house yesterday afternoon.  Given that there were 30+ software nerds hanging around, a little teeny tiny bit of the conversation was about computer stuff. 

One of the conversations was about Google Apps vs. Microsoft Office with a big focus on Enterprise Gmail vs. Microsoft Exchange.  I’m a heavy Exchange user (one of the things that prevents me from getting serious about using a Mac) but I’ve been paying a lot of attention to Google’s action around enterprise email on the heals of its acquisition of Postini

I poked around a little this morning and found google-apps-for-your-domain-ldap-sync on Google Code (Google’s open source site.)  The features include:

  • synchronizes users from Active Directory or openldap into Google Apps
  • detects new and exited users automatically and changes Google Apps accounts accordingly
  • handles user id / account renames automatically
  • handles attribute updates automatically
  • keeps track of changes and only propagates deltas (to allow syncing every 10 minutes for example)

It’s a brilliant move that Google has open sourced a “package for synchronizing Google Apps for Your Domain with an LDAP server.”  Cross-platform / cross-application data synchronization is one of the most challenging parts of enterprise proliferation of a lot of the cool stuff that has emerged in the past two years.  While it’s not sexy, it’s critically important and its fascinating that Google is taking an open source approach to some of the integration points.

  • Steven

    The open source idea is great, the problem being that the documentation is scant. Also this program is not a one size fits all. I have run into numerous issues with trying to get this code to work. As it stand I am down to getting only one error, and that is when I try and upload the data to google. I get an invalid character error without it telling me what character it is. I love python.

  • michael massey

    Would it be possible to install on widows 2003 server ?

  • http://www.docstoc.com/docs/10468766/新金瓶梅2在线观看 Anonymous

    Great stuff, thanks for the update. But I am not sure if I can learn how to use it

  • http://www.docstoc.com/docs/10468766/新金瓶梅2在线观看 新金瓶梅2在线è

    Great stuff, thanks for the update. But I am not sure if I can learn how to use it

  • http://www.docstoc.com/docs/1474712/金瓶梅在线观看 Anonymous

    I forget to ask, I am using Unix, can I use that application on my computer?

  • http://www.docstoc.com/docs/1474712/金瓶梅在线观看 金瓶梅在线观çœ

    I forget to ask, I am using Unix, can I use that application on my computer?

  • http://www.facebook.com/caue.rego Caue C M Rego

    can't wait to install openldap and try this out!

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