Chapter 1

The LDAP Protocol

This chapter has two goals. The first goal is to introduce the basic concepts of the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP). To do this, we will have to answer four questions:

1.  What is a directory?

2.  What is a protocol?

3.  What is a Directory Access Protocol (DAP)?

4.  Why is LDAP called a “lightweight” Directory Access Protocol?

The second goal of this first chapter is to introduce some of the terminology you will need to know to work with LDAP. This is important because these terms are used repeatedly throughout this book, and they are part of the everyday vocabulary for someone working in LDAP production. After reading this chapter, you will have a basic understanding of what a Directory Access Protocol ...

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