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15.1. LDAP Basics

The Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), currently at Version 3, originated at the University of Michigan. LDAP is a specification that defines a standardized way for organizations to store and access directory information over TCP/IP. Information stored in an LDAP directory is arranged in a hierarchal manner as depicted in Figure 15-1.

Figure 15-1. A typical LDAP structure



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