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Openfire - LDAP Setup

Hello Everyone,

I am a new system administrator and I don’t have much experience with LDAP.

Am I supposed to setup an AD LDS instance? Or am I connecting directly to active directory utilizing LDAP protocols?

Based on the examples they provide in the LDAP Guide for Openfire, it looks like I am just connecting directly to Active Directory utilizing LDAP protocol?

Since Openfire treats the LDAP directory as read-only, are there any reasons not to connect it directly to active directory?

I am struggling with understanding which default AD LDIF files I should import on the initial instance creation. Setting up of SASL encryption. Additionally, I am unsure how to synchronize user information between AD DS and AD LDS.

This is all very new to me. Any help would be greatly appreciated.