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Bill CamardaImagine phones with no phone books and no 411. That's what it's like on most enterprise networks, which somehow survive with no directory services at all. But there's a change coming. LDAP, the open standard directory service protocol, is rapidly being adopted by virtually every new email system, and by many key enterprise apps. LDAP is certainly "lightweight" compared with its clumsy X.500 ancestor, but implementing it is no walk in the park. The solution: UNDERSTANDING AND DEPLOYING LDAP DIRECTORY SERVICES.
In this book, three prominent members of the LDAP standards community explain what LDAP services are, and how you can leverage them (in obvious and not-so-obvious ways). You'll learn how to define your directory requirements in detail, and design a directory service that meets them. Once you've done so, the book offers practical help for comparing "LDAP-compliant" products on features, management tools, reliability, performance, scalability, security, standards conformance, interoperability, cost, and other yardsticks.
Having chosen a vendor, you'll walk through piloting your application -- and testing it for performance, scalability, and reliability. Finally, the authors show how to put the system into production, keep it running smoothly and securely, provide for backups and disaster recovery, and make improvements over time. The final section of the book presents four thorough deployment case studies, showing how diverse organizations can use LDAP as a simple, versatile solution for a wide variety of problems -- including some you're probably facing right now.