Adding official email accounts and aliases in LDAP

August 15, 2016

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This post will touch on what objectClass and attributes I used specifically for OpenLDAP mail user records. I like the idea of keeping things well organized and with this simple structure I'm keeping the People and Mail containers separate. As a result, user records in the Mail organizational unit will have mail specific attributes not found in People user records.

For the attributes to work I needed to have postfix-book.schema loaded into LDAP.

Import Mail Account

dn: uid=jdoe,ou=Mail,dc=domain1,dc=net
objectClass: top
objectClass: person
objectClass: organizationalPerson
objectClass: inetOrgPerson
objectClass: PostfixBookMailAccount
uid: jdoe
cn: John Doe
sn: Doe
mailEnabled: TRUE
mailAlias: alias1@domain1
mailAlias: alias2@domain2
mailAlias: alias3@domain1
mailAlias: alias4@domain2
mailUidNumber: 5000
mailGidNumber: 5000
mail: johndoe@domain1
description: John Doe's mail account
userPassword: {SSHA}lFXu8SajJaj+vEk99SvsBa+sRLmLfiRV
mailHomeDirectory: /home/vmail/
mailStorageDirectory: maildir:/home/vmail/

Once this mail record is imported into LDAP, the primary mail account including additional mail aliases defined by the mailAlias attribute can be verified using the postmap command.

$ postmap -q ldap:/etc/postfix/ldap/

$ postmap -q ldap:/etc/postfix/ldap/

We know LDAP can find our alias because the primary mail account that owns the alias was returned.

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