You can make your Cobalt Space findable by others by publishing the link to your Space to a LDAP directory. LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) is an Internet protocol for setting up directories that are accessible through a network such as the public Internet or a private intranet. Users can browse the directory to find links to Spaces they wish to connect to. The Open Cobalt Project maintains a public directory of Spaces, where you may choose to post the link to your Space if you wish to give access to the general public. Alternately, your organization may set up its own LDAP server to establish a directory that's accessible to your own members only.
Our initial implementation of this publishing/directory system is rudimentary, but offers a basic illustration of how the feature works. Future updates will include a number of refinements, including more extensive metadata tagging capabilities (allowing you to provide more detailed information about your space) and keyword searching.
Publishing your Space Link
Note: Cobalt's default LDAP settings point to the Open Cobalt Project's LDAP server. When you follow the steps below your Space link will be published to the Open Cobalt Project's LDAP directory.
- Give your Space a name. Select Space>Space Info. Scroll to the bottom. In the Space Name field enter the name of your Space. Hit your Enter key and close the window.
- Select Space>Publish Space on LDAP. In the popup window, click Publish.
- To see your link in the directory, select Space>Link via LDAP Server...
Finding and Connecting to Other Spaces
Once a Space link is published other users can find it and Teleport to it. (Note: A Space is only accessible if it is currently running on the Space owner's computer.)
- Select Space>Link via LDAP Server...
- Highlight the Space link by clicking it. Then click Connect.
- After a few seconds you will receive a second pop-up window. For the purposes of this tutorial you will use the login information that's already been selected/pre-populated in this form (i.e. Database = Local, ID = foo, Password = bar). Proceed by clicking the Login button at the bottom of the window.
- After a few seconds your avatar should appear in the host's space.