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OS X Server: Using the Profile Manager or Wiki service with Active Directory or third-party LDAP services

Under certain circumstances, OS X Server requires additional configuration in order to use the Profile Manager or Wiki service with user accounts stored in Active Directory or a third-party LDAP database.

In OS X Server, Profile Manager and the Wiki service support Digest MD5 authentication, which is supported by the Active Directory connector. If all users and the server are bound to the same Active Directory domain, no additional configuration is required to support Active Directory users.

Use the following steps if:

  • You use Active Directory for authentication in a multi-domain environment, where the server running the Profile Manager or Wiki service and the clients are bound to different domains.
  • Your Profile Manager or Wiki server uses a third-party LDAP server for authentication.

These steps will set the Profile Manager and Wiki services to use plain text authentication instead of digest authentication. To avoid passwords being sent over the network in clear text, you should enable SSL encryption for the Profile Manager and Wiki websites.

OS X Server (Mavericks)

For OS X Server (Mavericks) only, execute these Terminal commands:

sudo serveradmin stop wiki
sudo /usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c 'set :Auth:Authenticator plaintext' /Library/Server/Wiki/Config/collabd.plist
sudo serveradmin start wiki

OS X Server (Mountain Lion)

For OS X Server (Mountain Lion) only, execute these Terminal commands:

sudo serveradmin stop wiki
sudo /usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c 'set :common:authenticator plaintext' /Library/Server/Wiki/Config/webauthd.plist
sudo /usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c 'set :common:use_inline_webauth false' /Library/Server/Wiki/Config/collabcored.plist 
sudo serveradmin start wiki

Lion Server

For Lion Server only, execute these Terminal commands:

sudo serveradmin stop wiki
sudo /usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c 'set :common:authenticator plaintext' /etc/collabd/webauthd.plist
sudo serveradmin start wiki
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