What does LDAP mean in Networking?

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Lightweight Directory Access Protocol

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Lightweight Directory Access Protocol
The Lightweight Directory Access Protocol is an application protocol for accessing and maintaining distributed directory information services over an Internet Protocol network. Directory services may provide any organized set of records, often with a hierarchical structure, such as a corporate email directory. Similarly, a telephone directory is a list of subscribers with an address and a phone number. LDAP is specified in a series of Internet Engineering Task Force Standard Track Request for Comments, using the description language ASN.1. The latest specification is Version 3, published as RFC 4511. For example, here's an LDAP search translated into plain English: "Search in the company email directory for all people located in Boston whose name contains 'Jesse' that have an email address. Please return their full name, email, title, and description." A common usage of LDAP is to provide a "single sign-on" where one password for a user is shared between many services, such as applying a company login code to web pages.

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