LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) is an internet protocol used by LDAP Clients to lookup data from remote directory servers. It operates on the client-server model and defines how messages are exchanged between the server and the client. LDAP Servers contain the data and different LDAP Servers make up the LDAP directory or the LDAP database.
Whenever an LDAP Client needs information from the LDAP Server, it sends a message. The LDAP Server responds with the answer to the question, or to the location via which the answer can be obtained. This other location is typically another LDAP Server. The messages of LDAP operation are communicated using the TCP/IP protocol, hence a session is established and disconnected between the server and the client.
LDAP Servers store data using a set of attributes. These attributes can be thought of as the fields in a database. The records have unique identifiers called a Distinguished Name (DN). This is unique for each entry.
Each attribute can have other values like name, type, etc. apart from the unique identifier.
The main benefit of using an LDAP Server is the fact that a company's directory and authentication data is centralized in one place. LDAP itself is beneficial because it is a widely-supported protocol and available in thousands of systems and software.
It is clear that there are a lot of benefits with adopting LDAP as an authentication and authorization mechanism. However, it is also true that managing LDAP yourself is not worth the hassle.
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