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LDAP Implementation Cookbook by Permana Widhiasta, Harri Stranden, Michel Melot, Heinz Johner

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3.1. Define the Objective for Using an LDAP Directory Service

There have to be clearly defined business requirements before you start your directory service project. What is meant by a business requirement is that your business is driving you to exploit new technologies like LDAP into the IT environment. Such a requirement can be the implementation of a new extranet application to link your suppliers with your legacy systems, and you need to integrate this group of new users with your existing authentication and access control methods. Or, it can be a consolidation of multiple dissimilar directories to a common directory to simplify administration and, thus, reduce the related costs.

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