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Enterprise Mac Administrator’s Guide, Second Edition by William Smith, Charles S. Edge Jr.

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Chapter    2

Directory Services Clients

In Chapter 1 we discussed directory services and the various types of information a directory service provides. This chapter focuses on utilizing a centralized directory service for user and group resolution and authentication. Utilizing a centralized directory service is absolutely essential to the efficient management of your fleet of computers and eliminates the need to synchronize user and group databases across all of your computers.

Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) is the building block for most modern directory services solutions. Whether you are using Microsoft’s Active Directory or Apple’s Open Directory, to a large degree the basis for their implementation lies in the LDAPv3 specification. ...

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