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

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7.6. Replication

Replication can be used to improve performance by providing a service from multiple machines in order to satisfy a search as quickly as possible. Replication can also be used to improve the availability of a directory service by having more than one server. If one of them is temporarily down, the directory service continues to be available from another server. The IBM SecureWay Directory replication is based on a master-slave replication model.

There are two types of directories with respect to replication: Master and replica. LDAP refers to the master as master server and to the replica as replica server. For a particular directory structure, there can only be one master server; all updates are made on the master server, and ...

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