From: David Neary (nearyd at domain khumbu.eeng.dcu.ie)
Date: Tue 15 Feb 2000 - 21:45:05 GMT
Thanks for the info, Kenn...it was a major mis-understanding of the
functionality on my part. My understanding was that it was a direct
competitor of NDS...which I probably misunderstood as well.
On Tue, 15 Feb 2000, Kenn Humborg wrote:
> LDAP does not control file access. It is a standard protocol
> for accessing information services. It is especially suited to
> data that is more free-form than would fit into a normal database
> model. The 'Directory' in LDAP is not a directory on a hard
> disk that contains files and other directories (also called a
> folder). The 'Directory' in LDAP is closer to a telephone
> directory, or a business directory (such as Thomson).
> For example, we use a LDAP server in Blue Tree to access a
> company-wide address book. (Sort of like a cut-down version
> of four11.com or bigfoot.com.)
> It is often used to store user account info, rather than the
> more traditional /etc/passwd (on Unix) or Windows NT SAM
> (Security Account Manager). This proves to be a more flexible
> and scaleable user management system when you've got a _lot_
> of users (say 50,000+) such as ISPs.
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