Active Directory Application Mode(ADAM)

So I am going to use ADAM as the authentication/authorization store for an application
that I am building. This is so organizations that use an active directory can tie
my application in seamlessly for single sign on. So using ADAM is about as much fun
as going to prison in a third world country. Call me lazy but I like my nice GUIs
that make things easy to use. I don’t care about learning how to use a command line.
So if you are not an LDAP expert (like me) things will be challenging. I seriously
botched the first installation. If you use a container – CN like the instructions
recommend you will be unable to add an organizational unit to your directory. Fortunately
I have a copy of ASP.NET
2.0 Security, Membership, and Role Management
 and it did a good job of walking
me through it. Right up to the point of changing passwords. The book neglects to point
out that passwords can only be changed over a secure connection. An hour of troubleshooting
later I found this article.
Tells you how to disable that. While I think that it is good that ADAM is secure by
default for a development environment it is kind of frustrating. I feel like as LDAP
continues its march, and I want it to, we might need some better tools to insulate
some of us developers from having to be LDAP wizards to make something work.

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