Distinguished name syntax in multiple-directory environments

For a multiple directory environment that include entries that reside in both HCL Domino® and LDAP directories, it's important to understand in what contexts to use an HCL Notes® distinguished name and in what contexts to use an LDAP D distinguished nameN (defined in RFC 2253).

Use a Notes distinguished name (DN) in a Domino database field or ACL, and use an LDAP DN in an LDAP directory attribute.

Name conversions between Notes and LDAP DN syntaxes may be necessary in multiple directory environments. For example, when entering the DN of an entry that resides in an LDAP directory in the ACL of a Domino database (or an additional value of Fullname), convert it to its Notes DN equivalent. Or, when using the Notes DN mapping feature in Directory Assistance, convert the Notes DN to its LDAP equivalent and use that value in the specified attribute of the LDAP directory.

Note: Do not add an LDAP DN as the second value in a Domino Fullname field, as this value is the Notes "Common name" value.

Reference the following table for how to do these conversions.

Table 1. Converting Character Name to LDAP and Notes Distinguished Names

Real Character in Name Component

LDAP DN Representation

Notes DN Representation

, <comma>

\, <backslash + comma>

, <comma>

+ <plus>

\+ <backslash + plus>

+ <plus>

\ <backslash>

\\ <backslash + backslash>

\ <backslash>

> <greaterthan>

\> <backslash + backslash>

> <greaterthan>

< <lessthan>

\< <backslash + lessthan>

< <lessthan>

; <semicolon>

\; <backslash + semicolon>

; <semicolon>

" <doublequote>

\" <backslash + doublequote>

"""

= <equals>

\= <backslash + equals>

=

# <numbersign>

\# <backslah + numbersign>

#

@ <atsign>

@ <atsign>

"@"

/ <slash>

/ <slash>

"/"