rpm -ivh *RHEL4*.rpm, I was able to make queries against the consumer and to verify that changes on the master were flowing out to it. Not bad.
Today I had a chance to play with this setup some more, and deploy the Fedora DS to a couple of Fedora Core 3 machines. All had already been preinstalled by me with Sun's Java SDK 1.4.2, configured through the alternatives system, and had their own little java.sh script in /etc/profiles.d to make the Java environment universal. About the only problem I've had is an inability to launch the Directory Console in a remote X session. While other Java apps run fine remotely, the DS Console is stubbornly refusing the play ball. I had similar problems with the Sun One 5.x Console though (don't remmember it with the 4.x one), so I'm not letting it get me down. At home I've configured my two test LDAP servers to use multi-master replication, and hope to be able to experiment some with the DSML Gateway and try my hand at some ad hoc Samba integration. At work the bosses are asking about the included Windows Password Sync, but I'm going to try to hold them up for a firm commitment on some new x86 hardware to migrate the present environment to Red Hat.
In the meantime, I've begun planning my "sabbatical", 8 weeks of paid leave that employees at my company get after 7 years of service. Our current plans will take us down to the North Carolina shore for a week, up inland and then back North through Virginia and Maryland before returning to Long Island. I've already told my bosses that I'm going to be leaving not only my pager behind (a sacred tradition for those on sabbatical), but also my company laptop. The kids were happy to hear that, that laptop is too often a rival for my attention. Over a decade ago I bailed out of the legal profession in part to be able to spend more time with my family. Although IT has been very good to us, sometimes it can be as jealous a mistress as the law ever was. Keeping the job in its proper place is one of those constant battles, like mosquito control, you just have to keep plugging away at.