Lightweight Directory Access Protol (LDAP)
What is LDAP?
LDAP the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol, is a way of centrally storing information in a heirarchical way. It is most commonly used by authentication servers to allow users to log on to various machines using the same credentials.
- Microsoft's Active Directory is the leading implementation of LDAP.
- OpenLDAP is the open source alternative.
Which version of LDAP should you use?
- If you have exclusively Windows XP clients, you can use both OpenLDAP and Active Directory.
- If you have Windows, Linux and Mac OSX clients, Active Directory is your best bet.
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