On 11/22/2011 01:46 AM, Dmitri Pal wrote:
On 11/21/2011 07:42 PM, Greg.Lehmann@csiro.au wrote:

It seems to me what you really need is an inventory management system. I’d suggest extending AD schemas to handle this is not practical. Probably the same for IPA, but I must admit I am not that familiar with it.

Actually this is a very good point. I think that content management system like Satellite is probably what you should look for.
Understood, but we are looking for something not too complicated & possibly free - we are ready to accept that it is not 100% reliable.
The beauty of using LDAP attributes is that it requires no special software to maintain and it is easily implementable.

So despite its obvious disadvantages, I believe it would find its use in smaller networks.

I am no expert over content management systems so if it (CMS) is on the IPA roadmap already, then fine, but if not, then something like this (ldap attrs) would be (maybe) a good starting point.