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ED-Lite is an anonymously accessible public directory that is used for white page queries such as those made by PeopleSearch or email clients.

General Documents

ED-Lite Schema The directory schema used for ED-Lite. Shows all the fields available in ED-Lite, whether they are required, multi-valued, or indexed. If you are using ED-Lite it is strongly suggested you read this.
Proposed ED-Lite Schema Any updates to the schema that are under consideration will be found here. This document may be identical to the previous link, if there are no proposed changes pending.
Directory Suppression Rules Rules for who gets suppressed in ED-Lite and why.
ED-Lite Usage Instructions Instructions for using ED-Lite with various applications and programming languages.


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ED LDAP Library A Java library used to make LDAP based queries against ED-Lite. This library requires knowledge of the LDAP query language.
Restful vt-peoplesearch A web service interface to search ED-Lite with that returns its result in DSML, an XML format for representing LDAP query results.
PeopleSearch A web based tool, leveraging vt-peoplesearch, for searching ED-Lite.
OpenLDAP C Library A C library from the OpenLDAP project for accessing LDAP directories.
NET::LDAP Perl module A Perl library accessing an LDAP directory.
python-ldap A Python library for accessing LDAP directories.


Q: What is ED-Lite?

A: ED-Lite is a public, anonymously accessible LDAP directory used for whitepage related queries. It is the backend for People Search and

Q: Why can't I see a person?

A: ED-Lite will only return data for people that are current employees (faculty, staff) or students (currently enrolled, enrolled in one of the last four terms, enrolled in a future term) that have not chosen to be confidential. See the computing site for more complete information on confidentiality settings.

Q: How do I suppress my information?

A: Log into Hokie PLUS and click on “Confidentialty Settings”.

Q: I am a student. Why don't I show up in the summer?

A: Only those students who are taking classes during the summer will show up. Otherwise, they are not considered active members.
A: As of July 7, 2006, the above answer is inaccurate. Students will show up in the summer if they are enrolled in summer sessions, have been enrolled in one of the past four terms, or are enrolled in a future term.

Q: Do the Confidentiality Settings in Hokie PLUS mean anything in ED-Lite?

A: For students, checking “Student Confidentiality” will cause you to be confidential in ED-Lite. Employees and students may suppress their mailing address and corresponding phone number. See the computing site for more complete information on confidentiality settings.

Q: How long does it take for confidentiality settings to take place?

A: It typically takes about five minutes for the settings to take place in ED-Lite.

Q: How do I connect to ED-Lite?

A: Most access to ED-Lite is through the PeopleSearch interface, though ED-Lite is accessible through any standard LDAP browser or program/application (at ldap:// Your application should use “ou=People,dc=vt,dc=edu” as the baseDN for searching.

Q: What kinds of binds does ED-Lite support?

A: You can only bind anonymously to ED-Lite. This means binding without a username or credentials.

Q: What data is in ED-Lite?

A: See the ED-Lite schema. The intent of ED-Lite is to expose only public data to people.

Q: Why do three character substring queries take so much longer than other queries?

A: OpenLDAP, the underlying directory of ED-Lite (and thus PeopleSearch), only creates substring indexes on strings of four characters or more. For this reason, three character searches do not use the indexes and thus take quite a bit more time to complete.

middleware/ed/edlite.txt · Last modified: 2015/06/01 12:02 (external edit)