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Product Details

  • Series: MacMillan Network Architecture & Development
  • Textbook Binding: 880 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Technical Pub (December 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578700701
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578700707
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.7 x 2.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,777,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

While early directory standards (such as X.500) offer some cross-platform functionality, none has the flexibility and widespread appeal of Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), which is fast becoming a standard part of networked computers. In Understanding and Deploying LDAP Directory Services, three experienced engineers share their knowledge of LDAP in theory and practice, effectively defining this fast-emerging technology. If you're planning to work with LDAP in any way--whether as a network manager, a software developer, or an information technology administrator--you need to read and pay attention to this book. It's the last word on LDAP as it stands today.

Since directory services aren't widely understood, this book begins by defining them and explaining what they can do for an organization. The guide then gets into the specifics of how LDAP organizes directories and handles queries. The authors go to great lengths to talk about what information to put in directories, how to validate and maintain it, and how to manage access to it. There's also lots of material on initiating LDAP services and on troubleshooting.

The aft part of this book holds special appeal for software developers, since it talks extensively about how to implement LDAP in both new and existing software. Throughout, the authors pay special attention to data redundancy, security, privacy, and the economic issues involved in an LDAP deployment. The book's real-world focus is cemented by case studies (both historical and semifictional). --David Wall

From the Back Cover

This comprehensive tutorial provides the reader with a thorough treatment of LDAP directory services. Minimal knowledge of general networking and administration is assumed, making the material accessible to intermediate and advanced readers alike. Designed to meet multiple needs, the first part of the book presents a general overview of the subject matter, and the next three sections cover detailed instructions for design, deployment, and integration of directory services. The text is full of practical implementation advice and real-world deployment examples to help the reader choose the path that makes the most sense for the specific organization.

Customer Reviews

If your looking for a reference on LDAP/Directory Services this book is the ticket.
johnny petroske
The introduction chapters do not cover many basic concepts, many terms are not explained until used several dozen times, and there is no glossary.
Amazon Customer
I have actually read this book cover to cover once, and now I use it as a good reference on LDAP.
John P. Hoke

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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful By corktechie on February 16, 1999
Format: Textbook Binding
This book gives a good architect's or project manager's understanding of LDAP and of the difficulties inherent in deploying any complex mission critical software system. The book covers schema and name space design, security considerations, legacy integration, capacity planning, systems management and procurement. All of these issues are discussed in a vendor neutral tone, though the references are a bit heavy on Netscape publications.
This is not a programming book and this is not a product manual. For architects, this is a concept book rather than a reference book: After reading this book you will still need to spend hours pouring over your vendor's manuals figuring out how to implement your design. For a project manager, this book may deserve the "bible" moniker, with the checklists something that can be used to guide the deployment of many new systems. While there is one, quite good, chapter on application design, application design is not the focus. Tim and Mark's earlier book covers that topic in much more detail.
The book, at 850 pages, is long, but it should be easy going for a database professional. The book itself looks like it was laid out with an HTML browser's "Print" command.
If you are considering an LDAP deployment, using any LDAP server, you will find this book invaluable during the evaluation, planning and deployment process.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By John P. Hoke on February 13, 2001
Format: Textbook Binding
And that is where it excells! I have actually read this book cover to cover once, and now I use it as a good reference on LDAP. It is not exactly geared to the implementor, but rather to both the Designer/Architect as well as those who have to "sell" LDAP to an organization. If you are new to LDAP, or are going to be doing any sort of design work, this is the first book you should read, its introduction to LDAP is the best I have seen, and although it is weighty (and not just the size of the book) it is quite comprehendable if read in order.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 9, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Background:
LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) is a software protocol that enables locating organizations, individuals, and other resources such as files and devices in a network, whether it is a public Internet or a corporate Intranet.
As LDAP adoption and deployment is increasing, the expanded second edition of "Understanding and Deploying LDAP Directory Services" is published with more materials from the authors on the protocol and how to apply it effectively in different network environments.
Book Organization:
The book consists of twenty-six chapters divided into six major parts:
- Directory services overview and history
- Designing your directory service
- Deploying your directory service
- Maintaining your directory service
- Leveraging your directory service
- Case studies
The book begins by defining directory services and what they can offer for an organization then gets into the specifics of how LDAP organizes directories and handles queries with coverage of LDAPv3 extensions and the Netscape Directory Server.
The books then moves on to explore a wide range of topics such as designing directory services, naming, topology, replication, privacy, security deploying, directory services, implementation pitfalls, cost analysis, maintaining directory services, troubleshooting, and creating and enabling directory-service
applications.
The book offers help and advice for comparing "LDAP-compliant" products on features, management tools, reliability, performance, scalability, security, standards conformance, interoperability, cost, and other criteria. Then, having chosen a vendor, you'll walk through piloting your application
and testing it for performance, scalability, and reliability.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Yin Liang on March 27, 2001
Format: Textbook Binding
Overall it's a book for people who need to get familiar and to START designing/prototyping a LDAP system without any background on the LDAP technology itself. I have to skip lots of chapters (related to general business, project management, cost control,corporate politics..) in order to understand the essential LDAP schema/attributes and the overall LDAP design patterns. The authors does give some very good real life design examples at the end. I am looking for a 'LDAP Design Patterns', this book partly ( 30% ?) covers this topic.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jeff W. on March 26, 2000
Format: Textbook Binding
I fully agree with aethyrnet. This is a very complete book. It is clearly aimed towards implementors and explains all they need to know. If you someone wants to understand the principles of the protocol or how to program with it there are better books, such as the ones by Barbara Wilkinson or John Rhoton. This book should be required reading for any system administrator in charge of an LDAP server. Why do it wrong when you can understand the concepts and get it right from the beginning?
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 24, 1999
Format: Textbook Binding
This book assumes that you have a good understanding of LDAP and Directory Services, The intro chapters do not cover many basic concepts, many terms are not explained until used several dozen times, and there is no glossary. If you don't know what 'dn: uid=joeb, ou=People, o=foo.com' means, you will get easily confused and frustrated by this book.
That said, this is an excellent reference book, contains many useful examples, and goes into great detail about LDAP and directory services.
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