Archive for August, 2014

Office 365 Hosted Sharepoint

Hopefully a quick post…

My company is currently in the process of trying to document everything that’s currently stored in our heads. Initially we were using our helpdesk/ticketing software but decided, in some instances we would like to give our clients access to the documentation which relates to their organisation.

I use mediawiki for some other information sharing, but from what i’ve read, it isn’t really meant for this type of “role” driven access control and trying to use it in that way will ultimately end in failure. I don’t like “documents” (microsoft word etc) so really wanted to stick with a “wiki” style solution. I recall using Sharepoint on client sites historically and remember it handling this scenario pretty well- as we already have an Office 365 subscription it seemed a sensible avenue to explore.

Initial research had me concerned about the ability to share outside of our organisation (needing to purchase a license for every account that should be able to login)- but subsequently it turns out you can either;

-Create users without actually assigning licenses
-Grant access to anyone using their e-mail address (it will need to be linked to a microsoft account, but there is no charge and many already are)

So we have set our creating the Sharepoint sites and it’s coming together really well, but one thing was bothering me… When we login we are presented with a list of “sites”;

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-“New Public Site”:
-“Public Site”:
-“Team Site”:

If you clicked either of the first two links, hopefully you were redirected to But this wasn’t easy and I was pretty confused why I had two public URLs/sites and how could I edit them!

The “New Pubic Site” looked like;


And the “Public Site” like;


A bit of googling and I found a reasonable explanation of why I have two sites… Microsoft went through an upgrade at some point in time and to avoid breaking Sharepoint sites they kept all of the old ones and created new ones to site alongside.

As I already have a website I decided I don’t really need either of these so ideally would just like to redirect visitors to my existing site for now.

After a lot of poking around I somehow managed to get to the “New Public Site” in “edit mode” and add a little javascript to redirect visitors to our existing stie;


After adding the code I was successfully redirected when I visited the site but anyone not logged in was not. So… armed with a handful of questions I decided it was time to raise a support ticket. Very quickly the phone ran and a technician was on the case;

#1- How do I edit the “New Public Site”

It didn’t take many minutes before I was informed that simply adding /_layouts/viewlsts.aspx after to the URL would take me to the “admin area” where I could manage the site. Easy… but surely there must be an easier way than typing the URL?

If you refer back to my earlier screenshot you’ll notice a “manage” link. Clicking this allows you to modify the links to the “New Public Site”, “Public Site” and “TeamSite”. Adding the suffix to the URL made sense so now when I login clicking on the site will take me to “edit mode” rather than “view”;

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Well done Microsoft :)

#2- Why is the redirect only working for me?

Once #1 was solved and I was back in to “edit mode” the Microsoft engineer was very quick to pickup on the fact that my change was in draft;

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Clicking the … (three dots / ellipsis) displays a menu, clicking the … (three dots / ellipsis) brings out another menu which gives the “Publish a Major Version” option and upon clicking this my change was live and everyone hitting the site was now getting redirected.

Well done Microsoft :)

#3- How do I edit the “Public Site”

So far Microsoft had done pretty well, but really struggled with this one. We have still yet to find a way to edit the site via a web interface.

Eventually, they suggested trying Sharepoint Designer. I’ve not used this before, but since installing have found it to be a pretty good alternative to the web UI. Unfortunately when I tried to open the site I got stuck at the login stage- it appears that Sharepoint Designer doesn’t support federated login (my Office365 logins are authenticated using my on-premise ADFS server). Doh!

But… there was hope… we “shared” the site through the web interface with my personal @gmail address (which is linked to a microsoft account) and I was successfully able to login to Sharepoint Designer- nearly there!

Next problem… the sites doesn’t appear to exist;

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Determination and a lot more poking around eventually took us to a link on the front page “Edit site home page”;

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Which threw yet another error, “This page does not contain any regions that you have permission to edit.”. But navigating back a few steps to “Website -> Web Pages” I was able to right click, open with, notepad;

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And add in my script;

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So far, so good.

Despite it being a little bit “trial and error”, with Microsoft’s help, we did get there in the end, and very soon after I first raised the support ticket- good job!

A few weeks on since my last post ( I have found a few bugs, fixed a few more issues and hopefully have a fully working solution.

One of issues with my previous post (that i’m not going to go into at the moment) was that I hadn’t cross-compiled openssl and cyrus-sasl2 so my version of slapd didn’t support either. I think i’ve now resolved this and you can download my latest slapd here:

#1- I needed the slave to refer changes to the master

Documentation and discussion everywhere seems to suggest simply adding a line to the slave slapd.conf;

updateref ldap://

Would ensure any changes were written to the master but I couldn’t get this working (even with debug enabled). The only error I could really find (from memory) was an err=49 which I believe refers to invalid credentials but i’m unsure which credentials or how this is possible.

After further research, I found that there is an alternatively openldap configuration referred to as n-way multi master. Rather than specifying a master and slave, both nodes are masters and changes are replicated both ways. This was relatively easy to setup and “just worked” (not to mention, a better solution as before it was possible the “master” server would be unreachable (if the site-to-site VPN was down) and changes would fail).

You will find config details for n-way multi master / mirrormode in my next blog post.

#2- Unable to access shares after password change (from windows/pGina) with error “Element Not Found”

This was a real curve ball. Google sent me in completely the wrong direction, but I recalled a discussion about multiple passwords being stored in the LDAP database, which led me to wonder if the userPassword wasn’t the only field needing to be updated.

A colleague stumbled across the documentation for pGina fork: which shows a rather more complete “Change Password” configuration for the LDAP plugin. Unfortunately pGina main doesn’t support the DES or Timestamp methods so we couldn’t configure sambaLMPassword, shadowLastChange or sambaPwdLastSet, but adding sambaNTPassword (MD4) alongside userPassword (SHA1) seems to have done the trick.

#3- Data was replicating but the users could not login

I’m not sure exactly how I figured this one out. I think I had a vague recollection of reading a discussion about passwords not replication because default permissions do not allow them to be read from the database.

I added a line in slapd.conf above the existing ACL include;

include /usr/syno/etc/openldap/acls.conf
include /usr/syno/etc/openldap/slapd-acls.conf

The contents of which;

access to attrs=userPassword,sambaLMPassword,sambaNTPassword
     by dn.base="cn=replication,cn=users,dc=example,dc=com" write

Allow the password to be read from the database by the replication user.

This drove me close to insanity, but I got there eventually!

I found an old discussion on the Synology forum and was optimistic it’d be pretty simple. The thread talks about compiling a later version of OpenLDAP from source, but the version included (in DSM5.0) is later than that discussed;

file-20> slapd -VV
@(#) $OpenLDAP: slapd 2.4.34 (Feb 27 2014 03:17:07) $

I tried configuring my provider and consumer using the example and referring to but wasn’t getting anywhere (after changing slapd.conf I would disable and re-enable the LDAP server through the web ui). I was getting an error “Permission denied. Please contact the server administrator.” and an entry in /var/log/messages;

file-20> tail /var/log/messages
Aug 14 21:51:59 file-20 ldap.cgi: ldap_server_default_add.c:146 add [admin] to [cn=Directory Operators,cn=groups,dc=example,dc=com] failed, ldap_insufficient_access (53)

Oddly the slapd process continues to run but no replication is taking place. I believed the error might be because the admin account is locked in some way and wont allow any modification. I tried adding a filter;


This prevented the error message popping up and the error in /var/log/messages but still no replication was taking place.

I imagine it would have been a trivial task on a standard Linux distribution but it seems OpenLDAP has been compiled in a manner which does not allow debug;

file-20> slapd -d 1
must compile with LDAP_DEBUG for debugging

So there’s no real feedback as to what is (or isn’t) working.

After blindly fumbling around for hours I decided to try and compile myself so I could debug. This itself was a mammoth chore!

I wanted to stick with the same version currently running on DSM5.0 so started with the source for 2.4.34 from

In order to cross compile I followed the Synology 3rd-Party Package Developers guide; I had a spare ubuntu machine I could use for compiling… I needed the DSM5.0 toolchain from as i’m using the DS214 which apparently has a marvell amanda xp processor. And extracted the archive;

tar zxpf gcc464_glibc215_hard_armada-GPL.tgz –C /usr/local/

Then Berkeley DB 5.1.25 from

tar xvfdb-5.1.25.tar.gz
cd db-5.1.25
cd build_unix
export CC=/usr/local/arm-marvell-linux-gnueabi/bin/arm-marvell-linux-gnueabi-gcc
export LD=/usr/local/arm-marvell-linux-gnueabi/bin/arm-marvell-linux-gnueabi-ld
export RANLIB=/usr/local/arm-marvell-linux-gnueabi/bin/arm-marvell-linux-gnueabi-ranlib
export CFLAGS="-I/usr/local/arm-marvell-linux-gnueabi/arm-marvell-linux-gnueabi/libc/include -mhard-float -mfpu=vfpv3-d16"
export LDFLAGS="-L/usr/local/arm-marvell-linux-gnueabi/arm-marvell-linux-gnueabi/libc/lib"
../dist/configure --host=armle-unknown-linux --target=armle-unknown-linux --build=i686-pc-linux --prefix=/usr/local 

I also had to install;

sudo apt-get install lib32z1

Now I was able to configure OpenLDAP;

export LDFLAGS="-L/usr/local/lib -L/usr/local/BerkeleyDB.5.1/lib -R/usr/local/lib -R/usr/local/BerkeleyDB.5.1/lib"
export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/local/BerkeleyDB.5.1/lib
export LD_RUN_PATH=/usr/local/BerkeleyDB.5.1/lib
export CPPFLAGS="-I/usr/local/BerkeleyDB.5.1/include"
./configure --host=armle-unknown-linux --target=armle-unknown-linux --build=i686-pc-linux --prefix=/usr/local --with-yielding-select=no --enable-crypt

But when I tried to;

make depend

I received an error; cross compile openldap error: undefined reference to `lutil_memcmp’ – put me straight- I just had to comment out a line from include/portable.h;


make was now successful and I moved my newly compiled slapd to the synology diskstation, chown’d & chmod’d it,  and tested debug… we see an instant result;

file-20> chown root:root
file-20> chmod 755
file-20> -d 1
ldap_init: trying /usr/local/etc/openldap/ldap.conf
ldap_init: HOME env is /root
ldap_init: trying /root/ldaprc

Now I disabled the directory server in the web ui and instead ran my new version from the commandline with debug 1;

./ -d 1 -f /usr/syno/etc/openldap/slapd.conf

It failed with an error referring to;

password-hash {CRYPT}

Turns out I had to recompile slapd with –enable-crypt. I copied the newly compiled slapd over, ran again with -d 1 and now I could see it failing with error relating to an invalid filter;


So I removed this… Try again, now;

ldap_sasl_bind_s failed

I think that sent me in the wrong direction (I thought it was an ssl/tls/authentication issue) and I spent hours messing with certificates, unsupported tls configuration parameters etc but got nowhere. Eventually I determined this error essentially means “can’t connect”. Eventually I tried without ssl and as if by magic everything sprung to life!

Here are the lines I added to the default slapd.conf on the provider;

index entryCSN eq
index entryUUID eq

overlay syncprov
syncprov-checkpoint 100 10
syncprov-sessionlog 10

And the consumer;

index entryCSN eq
index entryUUID eq

syncrepl rid=20
 retry="60 +"

If you want to download my compiled version of slapd you can find it here;

I hope this will help you!

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