Newbie questions about LDAP
freebsduk at rowyerboat.com
Thu Jun 22 00:11:06 BST 2006
Please accept my apologies if my newbie-ness is annoying...
I sort of know what LDAP does (in a very limited way) but before
installing it on my test FreeBSD box (my learning box!) I'm trying to
understand it. I've done some reading but not really found the answers
I need, either because of the author's prior assumptions or my prior
I know you Active Directory uses LDAP for dishing out AD stuff.
I know many places use LDAP for dealing with email address books.
My conceptions were that LDAP is simply a protocol for accessing a
database of some sort, that database could store anything, not just user
account information. Also, I think I read that you need only specify a
skeleton dataset for LDAP and you could store whatever you liked.
Most of the articles only mention LDAP as a way of retrieving user
account information and it's now confused me.
If I install an LDAP server of some sort, could I configure it to store,
let's say... "name, address, email address, telephone" then configure it
also to store another dataset, for example... "part number, price,
quantity" without having 2 separate databases lying around?
Or have I got it wrong again... is LDAP just a method of accessing
normal database backends? I just can't seem to find explanations (in
easy English) how it all fits together.
Can anybody help please?
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