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PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2006 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a directory service. If you know Microsoft Windows servers you may have heard of 'Active Directory' - that's the Microsoft implementation of a directory service.
A directory service is intended for use in (larger) networks and contains information about 'objects' on that network. objects can be almost anything, information can be almost anything as well.
The purpose is to have a central place where all information is stored, e.g. when you have a network with a web server, a file server, a bunch of users and a couple of printers, some other servers, etc. Users and printers can be objects that the directory server knows about, so if a user needs to print to a network printer, he does not need to know which server is the print server for that printer, he can find out from the directory (at least in MS Active Directory, I don't know if this is true for other LDAP servers). If a web server should only accept requests from known users, it can ask a user name and password and then check with the directory server to see if that user is a valid user. Without directory service, that would only work if you define user accounts on every server a user needs to access, with a directory service, you put all info in one place. Makes things easier if you have a lot of servers.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2006 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wikipedia : if it's not in there, it doesn't exist Smile

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Directory_service
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