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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 8. Schema Design

  • The Purpose of a Schema

  • Elements of LDAP Schemas

  • Directory Schema Formats

  • The Schema-Checking Process

  • Schema Design Overview

  • Sources of Predefined Schemas

  • Defining New Schema Elements

  • Documenting and Publishing Your Schemas

  • Schema Maintenance and Evolution

  • Schema Design Checklist

  • Further Reading

  • Looking Ahead

If you have some background in database systems, you are already familiar with the concept of a schema. Simply put, a schema is a set of rules that determines what data can be stored in a database or directory service. Schemas are important because they help maintain the integrity and quality of the data stored in a directory service. Schemas also help reduce duplication of data and provide a well-documented, predictable way ...

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