LDAP Directory Servers

A Directory Server contains information about people such as name, E-Mail address, office, phone number, ... .

You can use the Address Book of your favorite e-mail software (or any other LDAP aware client) to query such Directory Servers.

For Mozilla Thunderbird you can/must choose the Edit Directories option on the Addressing tab of the Composition Preferences.
Click the Add button to add new directory server entries. You need to fill in the server details. You can find all you need in the tables below. Have a look at the example for CS or consult the KU Leuven ldap pages for more configuration help. Here you can find a screenshot for the configuration on a Mac OSX 10.6.

You can add several directory servers, but select only one to be used in autocompletion (see below).

There are 2 obvious candidates to add to your preferences: the departmental LDAP, containing information about departmental accounts and the university wide LDAP, containing information about university wide accounts. In the departmental LDAP server only (information about) members of the department is available ... in the university wide LDAP server, both members and students are included (obviously less information about students than for members: no phone, office, ...)

The departmental LDAP server is only accessible from within departmental networks (i.e. from within cs.kuleuven.be). The university wide LDAP server is only accessible from within university networks (i.e. *.kuleuven.be and *.kotnet.org). From outside these networks, you do not have direct access to these services ... you might use the Wie-is-wie manually or configure SSH tunnels to these LDAP servers via a departmental machine.

A third alternative is using the departmental LDAP but via secured access. The standard departmental and university LDAP services are limited to departmental/university networks because they provide anonymous access to the information: anybody can access them without authentication and therefore they are only accessible from within networks that have authentication in another way.

We have implemented access to the departmental LDAP service from anywhere in the world, but only via explicit authentication. This makes using them from within your e-mail or LDAP client software a little bit more complicated (you have to login with your password) but you do have access from anywhere in the world.

Passwordless Anonymous access from within departmental / university networks
Local DeptCW Directory Server
LDAP Server : cs-ldap.cs.kuleuven.be
Base DN : ou=people,dc=cs,dc=kuleuven,dc=be
Bind DN : (empty)
Port Number : 389
Use SSL : No
KU Leuven Directory Server
LDAP Server : ldap.kuleuven.be
Base DN : ou=people,dc=kuleuven,dc=be
Bind DN : (empty)
Port Number : 389
Use SSL : No
Base DN is sometimes also called Server Root
Bind DN is sometimes also called Login with username and password
Use SSL is sometimes also called Secure Connection
Password Authenticated access from anywhere in the world
Public DeptCW Directory Server
LDAP Server : cs-ldap3.cs.kuleuven.be
Base DN : ou=people,dc=cs,dc=kuleuven,dc=be
Bind DN : uid=your-loginname,ou=people,dc=cs,dc=kuleuven,dc=be
Port Number : 636 (but see also special access)
Use SSL Yes

Please observe that it is really cs-ldap3 ... that 3 is crucial ;-)

Also do not let your e-mail or ldap client save your password ... passwords should never be saved by computers.

If you enable a directory server on the Addressing tab of the Composition Preferences for autocompletion, that directory server will be used to search for E-mail addresses and/or names that you type into the To:, CC: or BCC: fields of an E-mail message. All accounts in the directory server that match what you have typed, will be shown, even while you are typing (depending on the speed of your computer and the network of course ;-).
You can also add E-mail addresses and names from a directory server using the Contacts button on the Compose New Message window.

Besides the university LDAP server or Wie-is-wie, you can also look up the E-mail address of a student using this student search web page.
For E-mail addresses of students of the department of Computer Science, have a look at this web page describing the various E-mail aliases that are defined.