Originally I researched a bit to get ideas and started writing a tool to add email user accounts in LDAP. That eventualy manfested into another separate script which creates email distribution groups. While one could just as easily use phpLDAPadmin, Apache Directory Studio and others by giving a
.ldif file - I wanted something with less overhead, so I began to write a script that was specific to only adding LDAP email users and distribution groups interactively. In a nutshell these scripts use an LDIF template to help create the email user account or email distribution group on the fly. There is no need to ever manually edit a
.ldif file since all you do is give some preliminary info and be done with it.
Invoking the script as root or sudo will run through the following.
# ./add_ldap_mail_user.sh First Name: Jane Last Name: Doe User Name [uid]: jane.doe ================== MAIL DOMAIN MENU ================== domain1.com domain2.com domain3.com domain4.email domain5.email domain6.email domain7.me domain8.net Enter the domain to use for the mail account: domain4.email creating mail account on domain4.email adding new entry "uid=jane.doe,ou=Mail,dc=example,dc=com" modifying entry "cn=vmail,ou=Groups,c=example,dc=com" Successfully added Mail account
We can see our new email user gets added to an LDAP group. Note that this is a standard
groupOfNames group and not an email distribution group.
Email Welcome Message
When an LDAP email user is added, a welcome email message is sent to the newly created user's Inbox. A default html and plain text email template are available to use. It is also easy to have your own customizable email templates.
Email Distribution Groups
Invoking the script will run through the following to create an email distribution group.
# ./add_ldap_mail_group.sh Email Group Name: engineers ================== MAIL DOMAIN MENU ================== domain1.com domain2.com domain3.com domain4.email domain5.email domain6.email domain7.me domain8.net Enter the domain to use for the mail group: domain4.email creating mail group on domain4.email adding new entry "cn=engineers,ou=Groups,ou=Mail,dc=example,dc=com" Successfully added Email Distribution Group
Group members can be added using the
mailGroupMember attribute provided by postfix-book.schema, respectively.
Comments, improvements, PRs and everything else should be directed on GitHub.