Chapter 9: The Design of Directory Services

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Overview

This chapter provides a glimpse of design theory. An understanding of how to proceed in the design of directory services is useful if you have to implement directory services from scratch or if you have to redesign or upgrade existing directory services. There are entire books that address the design and implementation of directory services. If you need an in-depth understanding of the design process, you should consult one of these. On the other hand, it is clear that you cannot put your project on hold while you read 800 pages or more to become a design specialist for directory services.

The goal of this chapter is to give you a brief overview of the principles guiding the design of directory services so that you can proceed further on your own. To achieve this goal, the chapter must fulfill two objectives: First, it will give you a basic understanding of how to proceed with the planning, design, and implementation of directory services. Second, it will show you where to get more information.

The first part of this chapter presents an introduction to the design process. You will see that the design process has no clear ending point. Rather, it is a cycle. After completing the "last" step, you are likely to go back to the first step and repeat all or some of the previous steps in an effort to refine the design.

After seeing an overview of the design of directory services, we will have a closer look at the individual steps involved in the design process.



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The ABCs of LDAP. How to Install, Run, and Administer LDAP Services
The ABCs of LDAP: How to Install, Run, and Administer LDAP Services
ISBN: 0849313465
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2003
Pages: 149

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