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Understanding and Deploying LDAP Directory Services, Second Edition by Timothy A. Howes - Ph.D., Mark C. Smith, Gordon S. Good

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Chapter 2. Introduction to LDAP

  • What Is LDAP?

  • The LDAP Models

  • LDIF

  • LDAP Server Software

  • LDAP Command-Line Utilities

  • LDAP APIs

  • LDAP and Internationalization

  • LDAP Overview Checklist

  • Further Reading

  • Looking Ahead

The second part of Chapter 1, Directory Services Overview and History, discussed the origins of general-purpose, standards-based directories and how LDAP was born. This chapter takes a much closer look at LDAP.

What Is LDAP?

Today, the term LDAP refers to the following things:

  • The Lightweight Directory Access Protocol, a standard, extensible Internet protocol used to access directory services

  • A set of four models that guide you in your use of the directory: an information model that describes what you can put in the directory, a naming model that describes ...

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