The Electronic Directory Service (LDAP)

The UW Directories Web Page

From the UW Directories Web page, you can search the databases containing directory information for both UW students and UW employees. When UW students, faculty, and staff provide directory information to either the Office of the Registrar (students) or their department payroll coordinator (faculty and staff), they can either approve or disapprove of the public release of their directory information. You will find information on all those students and employees who gave their consent.

Directory entries include telephone numbers and email addresses as well as other information provided by the individual (i.e., major, student status; department, work title).

LDAP and directory.washington.edu

You can access the combined student/faculty/staff directories with any software that can communicate using the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP). The most common type of software that uses LDAP is email software, which can be configured to automatically look up addresses and other information on a specified server, when names are entered in the To: line while composing an email message. Many different email packages support this type of use of LDAP, including Alpine (version 4 and up), Microsoft Outlook Express, Microsoft Outlook 98, Netscape Messenger, Eudora (version 4 and above), and others. The LDAP directory service at the UW is available at the Internet address directory.washington.edu

Configuring Your Software to Use directory.washington.edu

In general, you must configure your software to use the LDAP server named directory.washington.edu This server uses port 389 (which is usually the default port and will not need to be set by you).

You also must specify what is known in LDAP lingo as a "search base". The search base for the UW LDAP server is

        o=University of Washington, c=US

Configuring Desktop Email Clients to Use LDAP

These directions will help you configure Alpine or Outlook Express for use with the LDAP directory services.

Unix Alpine

To configure Unix Alpine to use LDAP:

  1. StepsActions
  2. From the MAIN MENU choose SETUP, then Directory.
  3. Choose Add Dir.
  4. For ldap-server, enter
    directory.washington.edu
  5. For search-base, enter
    o=University of Washington, c=US
    • For students only, enter
      ou=Students, ou=People, o=University of Washington, c=US
    • For faculty/staff only, enter
      ou=Faculty and Staff, ou=People, o=University of Washington, c=US
  6. Set use-implicitly-from-compose, and Alpine will look up names you type in the To: line while composing messages in the directory. If there are multiple names that match, you will be prompted to select from a list of matching entries.

Outlook Express

To configure Outlook Express to use LDAP:

  1. StepsActions
  2. From the Tools menu, select Accounts.
  3. Click Add, then choose Directory Service.
  4. For Internet directory (LDAP) server, enter
    directory.washington.edu.
  5. Go through the rest of the dialog, then pull up Properties for that server and click the Advanced tab.
  6. In the Search Base, enter
    o=University of Washington, c=US
    • To use only the student directory, enter
      ou=Students, ou=People, o=University of Washington, c=US
    • To use only the faculty/staff directory, enter
      ou=Faculty and Staff, ou=People, o=University of Washington, c=US
  7. To have OE automatically check addresses against the directory, from the Tools menu, select Accounts, select directory.u.washington.edu, and click Properties. Select Check names against this server when sending mail.

Now OE is setup to use LDAP for your address book. Try composing a message then click on the To: card and use Find to find someone from the directory and then view their Properties.

Limiting Use to Either the Student or Faculty/Staff Listings

You can set up your software to see just the student or just the faculty/staff part of the directory. In order to do this, you need to change the "search base" by entering the appropriate value:

  • For Student Directory,
    ou=Students, ou=People, o=University of Washington, c=US
  • For Staff Directory,
    ou=Faculty and Staff, ou=People, o=University of Washington, c=US

Warning!

Pursuant to RCW 42.56, the UW is providing this directory information for non-commercial purposes only. Any use of the information for commercial purposes is prohibited.

Last modified: November 10, 2014