What a Directory Is
What a Directory Can Do for You
What a Directory Is Not
The History and Origins of LDAP
The fact that you picked up this book and started to read it suggests that you have some idea what a directory service is and what it can do for you. This chapter assumes that you have an everyday understanding of directories and expands on that notion to answer three simple but important questions
What is a directory? In brief, a directory is a specialized database. In this chapter you'll learn what makes a directory specialized, what separates it from a traditional database, what the defining characteristics of a directory are, and why they are important.
What can ...