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Apple Pro Training Series: OS X Lion Server Essentials by Ben Greisler, Arek Dreyer

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Overview of Open Directory Service Components

Open Directory provides a centralized source for identification and authentication. For identification, Open Directory uses OpenLDAP, an open source implementation of the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), a standard protocol used for accessing directory service data. Open Directory uses LDAPv3 to provide read-and-write access to the directory data.

The Open Directory service leverages other open source technologies, such as Kerberos, and combines them with powerful server-administration tools to deliver robust directory and authentication services that are easy to set up and manage. Because there are no per-seat or per-user license fees, Open Directory can scale to the needs of an organization ...

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