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If you’re running multiple JumpBoxes there are some compelling reasons to centralize your authentication using the JumpBox for OpenLDAP:

  • Convenience for you: You’ll have just one set of users to maintain. As you add more applications and more users to each over time the number of accounts to manage multiplies and becomes unwieldily. Having a single centralized directory keeps the complexity of account maintenance in check.
  • Convenience for your users: Having centralized authentication means your users need only remember one set of credentials for all systems. If they change their password it propagates across all applications so there’s no more confusion caused by having to remember different login/password combinations for each.
  • Less likelihood of rogue access credentials: Since there’s only one directory to maintain you can rest assured that removing a user from that system will revoke his/her privileges across all systems. This helps reduce the risk of having legacy orphaned accounts that linger in certain systems after employees leave.

If you’re sold on the value of centralized auth let’s make it happen! The video below demonstrates the full process (20min) of how to set up OpenLDAP integration amongst three different JumpBoxes: SugarCRM, KnowledgeTree and Redmine. Each application handles LDAP slightly differently so you’re integrating other apps you’ll need to research the app-specific documentation but this demo shows how to do it for these apps. And if you want to work alongside the tutorial you can use the widgets below to launch your own private instances. Enjoy!

Time Topic
03:20 Configure OpenLDAP
06:03 Configure Redmine
09:55 Configure KnowledgeTree
16:53 Configure SugarCRM [(launch via AWS console)](http://aws.amazon.com/console/)
19:02 Test by adding a new user to OpenLDAP

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