Place membership lists can be created locally in places (in CONTACTS1.NSF), so that specifying place members from a user directory is not required. However, connecting to a user directory maximizes the features that are available to you.
The following features are supported only when a user directory is in use:
- IBM® Lotus® Sametime® integrated in places
- Expanded membership
- My Places, a personal listing of places
- Single sign-on authentication
- Super user access to the server
- User names in double-byte character sets
- IBM Lotus Connections Profile Business Card Integration.
Connecting to a user directory also provides these member management features:
- User information is managed in a central location, rather than in individual places.
- External members use the same name and password to access any place of which they are a member, whereas local members might have different user names and passwords in each place.
- Many of the qptool commands that enable you to manage member information for multiple places at once are available only for external members. For example, you can use the qptool addmember command to add external members to places, but not to add local members.
Local membership is supported, even when a user directory is used. The local Lotus Quickr™ administrator specified during installation is a local member of the server's Site Administration
To connect to a user directory, you have a choice of two directory services configurations. You can set up Lotus Quickr to control directory services, or you can set up the underlying Lotus Domino® server to control directory services. When Lotus Quickr controls directory services, you connect to a single external LDAP directory server, and configure the LDAP directory connection through the Site Administration
link and the qpconfig.xml file. When the underlying Lotus Domino server controls directory services, Lotus Quickr uses any of the directories that Lotus Domino does, for example, multiple directories accessed through directory assistance, and you use the directory services configuration procedures of Lotus Domino.
Parent topic: Planning