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LDAP Administration Guide
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1.3. When should I use LDAP?

This is a very good question. In general, you should use a Directory server when you require data to be centrally managed, stored and accessible via standards based methods.

Some common examples found throughout the industry are, but not limited to:

  • Machine Authentication
  • User Authentication
  • User/System Groups
  • Address book
  • Organization Representation
  • Asset Tracking
  • Telephony Information Store
  • User resource management
  • E-mail address lookups
  • Application Configuration store
  • PBX Configuration store
  • etc.....

There are various Distributed Schema Files that are standards based, but you can always create your own Schema Specification.

There are always new ways to use a Directory and apply LDAP principles to address certain problems, therefore there is no simple answer to this question.

If in doubt, join the general LDAP forum for non-commercial discussions and information relating to LDAP at: and ask

LDAP Administration Guide
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