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LDAP Programming with Java™ by Tony Dahbura, Rob Weltman

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Before We Can Update: Authentication Basics

Before we can modify anything in an LDAP directory, generally we must authenticate. The directory uses this authentication information to determine whether we are authorized to make the particular changes we are requesting. Chapter 7 will cover authentication in detail.

Many LDAP servers have one identity that is a privileged account and can perform any operation. By default, this user is cn=Directory Manager for Netscape Directory Server. Other directory servers have their own designated privileged user or users. Typically this privileged account may request an unlimited number of entries returned on a search and is not affected by server-side settings such as the maximum number of results to return. ...

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