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Lesson 6. Using Open Directory > Overview of Open Directory Components

Overview of Open Directory Components

Open Directory is based on OpenLDAP, an open-source implementation of the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), a standard protocol used for accessing directory-service data. Having a single protocol means that all the Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server computers on your network can work from one set of data. Applications that use directory information need to recognize LDAP only to access the central repository. Because of its open architecture, Open Directory makes it easy to integrate Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server systems into an existing network infrastructure. In addition to LDAP, Open Directory includes plug-ins for several other directory types, including Active Directory, eDirectory, NetInfo, and NIS.


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