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

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3.9. Define the Deployment and Performance Criteria

The physical design of a directory involves building a network and server infrastructures to support availability, scalability, and manageability. Methods to do this in LDAP are partitioning (referrals) and replication (replication is actually not standardized in LDAP Version 3, but most vendors, including IBM, do have an implementation). In this section, we concentrate on deployment issues regarding when partitioning and/or replication is appropriate when trying to reach the goals of availability, scalability, and manageability, and what the trade-offs are.

Availability for a directory service may not be a hot issue in cases where the directory is not business-critical. However, if the use ...

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