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Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (commonly abbreviated LDAP) is an application protocol for querying and modifying directory services running over TCP/IP.

A directory is a set of objects with similar attributes organized in a logical and hierarchical manner. The most common example is the telephone directory, which consists of a series of names (either of persons or organizations) organized alphabetically, with each name having an address and phone number attached.

An LDAP directory tree often reflects various political, geographic, and/or organizational boundaries, depending on the model chosen. LDAP deployments today tend to use Domain name system (DNS) names for structuring the topmost levels of the hierarchy. Deeper inside the directory might appear entries representing people, organizational units, printers, documents, groups of people or anything else that represents a given tree entry (or multiple entries). [1]






External Links


  1. Introduction to LDAP: http://viralpatel.net/blogs/2008/12/implement-ldap-authentication-in-tomcat-jboss-server-for-java-app.html
  2. LDAP -- String Representation of Distinguished Names: https://docs.ldap.com/specs/rfc4514.txt
  3. LDAP -- Internationalized String Preparation: https://docs.ldap.com/specs/rfc4518.txt
  4. RFCs Defining the LDAP Protocol and Other Core Specifications: https://www.ldap.com/ldap-specifications-defined-in-rfcs
  5. Intermittent not enough space errors when doing LDAP queries against 2019 domain controller: https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/office/en-US/4f14412f-dd81-4b9a-b6b5-aa69100e87d0/intermittent-not-enough-space-errors-when-doing-ldap-queries-against-2019-domain-controller

See Also

Identification | Authentication | Authorization | Windows | Unix