Directory Services

As discussed at the start of today's work a Directory Service is a Name Service with the ability to categorize names to support complex searches of the name space. The JNDI support for a Directory Service is differentiated from a Name Service by storing attributes as well as an object against a bound name. Typically you will probably use LDAP as your Directory Service, but NDS (Novell Directory Services) is also a Directory Service. The simple name services provided with J2SE (CORBA) and J2EE are not directory services.

An attribute is additional information stored with a name. Storing full name, address, phone number, and email with a person's name is a common use of a directory service. NDS uses attributes to control access ...

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