Chapter 16. LDAP

Part of the data we take for granted at home is our email. Closely related to that very topic are those ever-growing lists of people with whom we communicate. Sure, you could carry your own list of contacts, but what about the corporate address book and its wealth of information? How can you get to that?

Introducing LDAP

One way to do this is with LDAP. LDAP is an acronym for Lightweight Directory Access Protocol. I like to think of it as directory assistance for your network, although it can be a great deal more. LDAP can provide you with basic directory information such as name, address, phone numbers, and email addresses, but its database can also serve as a central user database for logins and passwords as well.

A directory is ...

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