Understanding LDAP - Design and Implementation

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Published 16 June 2004, updated 19 July 2006

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ISBN-10: 073849786X
ISBN-13: 9780738497860
IBM Form #: SG24-4986-01
(768 pages)

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Authors: Steven Tuttle, Ami Ehlenberger, Ramakrishna Gorthi, Jay Leiserson, Richard Macbeth, Nathan Owen, Sunil Ranahandola, Michael Storrs, Chunhui Yang


The implementation and exploitation of centralized, corporate-wide directories are among the top priority projects in most organizations. The need for a centralized directory emerges as organizations realize the overhead and cost involved in managing the many distributed micro and macro directories introduced in the past decade with decentralized client/server applications and network operating systems.

Directories are key for successful IT operation and e-business application deployments in medium and large environments. IBM understands this requirement and supports it by providing directory implementations based on industry standards at no additional cost on all its major platforms and even important non-IBM platforms. The IBM Directory Server implements the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) standard that has emerged quickly in the past years as a result of the demand for such a standard.

This IBM Redbooks publication will help you create a foundation of LDAP skills, as well as install and configure the IBM Directory Server. It is targeted at security architects and specialists who need to know the concepts and the detailed instructions for a successful LDAP implementation.

Table of contents

Part 1. Directories and LDAP
Chapter 1. Introduction to LDAP
Chapter 2. LDAP concepts and architecture
Chapter 3. Planning your directory
Part 2. IBM Tivoli Directory Server overview and installation
Chapter 4. IBM Tivoli Directory Server overview
Chapter 5. ITDS installation and basic configuration - Windows
Chapter 6. ITDS installation and basic configuration - AIX
Chapter 7. ITDS installation and basic configuration on Intel Linux
Chapter 8. IBM Tivoli Directory Server installation - IBM zSeries
Part 3. In-depth configuration and tuning
Chapter 9. IBM Tivoli Directory Server Distributed Administration
Chapter 10. Client tools
Chapter 11. Schema management
Chapter 12. Group and role management
Chapter 13. Replication
Chapter 14. Access control
Chapter 15. Securing the directory
Chapter 16. Performance tuning
Chapter 17. Monitoring IBM Tivoli Directory Server
Part 4. Developing directory-enabled applications
Chapter 18. Debugging IBM Tivoli Directory Server related issues
Chapter 19. Developing C-based applications
Chapter 20. Developing JNDI-based applications
Part 5. Appendixes
Appendix A. DSML Version 2
Appendix B. Directory Integration - IBM Tivoli Directory Integrator
Appendix C. Moving RACF users to TBDM
Appendix D. Schema changes that are not allowed

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