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Fundamentals of LDAP

by Timothy A. Howes, Ph.D, Mark C. Smith, and Gordon S. Good - May 30, 2000

Fundamentals of LDAP

Synopsis and Objectives


Basic Definitions

The LDAP Information Model
The LDAP Naming Model
The LDAP Functional Model
The LDAP Security Model
How Does LDAP Work?
Further Reading

Synopsis and Objectives

This tutorial provides a conceptual introduction to LDAP. Its focus is theoretical rather than hands-on, and it is intended to give readers a first exposure to the philosophy and mechanics of the protocol. The tutorial covers the following objectives:

  • Learn the basic definition of LDAP
  • Overview the four models that make up LDAP: the information model, the naming model, the functional model, and the security model
  • Understand LDAP's client-server paradigm
  • Overview the LDAP APIs
  • Learn the basic definition of LDIF




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