X.500 Overview

A directory service is a distributed store of information about the users of a computer system and the infrastructure that supports that system.

The goal of X.500 was to cut through the babble of competing information repositories to define a single place where users from all nations could go to locate each other, learn about each other, discover common likes and dislikes, and eventually communicate freely to find a path to universal peace and brotherhood and the dawning of the Age of Aquarius. The key features of an X.500 directory service are as follows:

  • The information is distributed among many different servers.

  • Users can submit queries to any server to find information anywhere in the system.

  • Servers can find information on ...

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