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Understanding LDAP - Design and Implementation by IBM Redbooks, Chunhui Yang, Michael Storrs, Sunil Ranahandola, Nathan Owen, Richard Macbeth, Jay Leiserson, Ramakrishna Gorthi, Ami Ehlenberger, Steven Tuttle

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Preface
Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) is a fast growing technology for accessing common directory information. LDAP has been embraced and implemented in most network-oriented middleware. As an open, vendor-neutral standard, LDAP provides an extendable architecture for centralized storage and management of information that needs to be available for today’s distributed systems and services.
After a fast start, it can be assumed that LDAP has become the de facto access method for directory information, much the same as the Domain Name System (DNS) is used for IP address look-up on almost any system on an intranet and on the Internet. LDAP is currently supported in most network operating systems, groupware and even shrink-wrapped network ...

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