Chapter 1. Directory Servers and LDAP

In this first chapter, we will cover the basics of LDAP. While most of the chapters in this book take a practical hands-on approach, this first chapter is higher-level and introductory in nature. We will get introduced to directory servers and LDAP, including commonly-used directory terminology. We will also see how the OpenLDAP server fits into the directory landscape, where it came from, and how it works. Here are the main topics covered in this chapter:

  • The basics of LDAP directories
  • The history of LDAP and the OpenLDAP server
  • A technical overview of the OpenLDAP server

LDAP Basics

The term LDAP stands for Lightweight Directory Access Protocol. As the name indicates, LDAP was originally designed to be a network ...

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