Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) made its debut in 1992 at the University of Michigan. University of Michigan implemented LDAP to create an interface to DAP over TCP/IP. And today, LDAP has eventually evolved as a stand-alone integrated system helping network administers to retrieve data from centralized LDAP servers. LDAP’s flexibility made it more popular than OSI, which eventually led the nemesis of OSI and LDAP mechanism to become the de facto standard protocol acknowledged worldwide for networking.
Further you can browse through the 3 main configuration options in LDAP.
The LDAP integration offers the following configuration options:
- Secure connections
- LDAP listener
- Multiple domains
Below is a given a brief explanation of all the three LDAP configuration options starting with Secure connections.
How does the LDAP integration ensure secure connections? It does so with the help of using fixed IP address via specific port on the firewall and favouring connection from single computer. Moreover, for additional protection, you can have your LDAP integration program utilize one of the following security options:
LDAPS: In order to create an encrypted LDAPS version, import the public facet of the SSL certificate of your LDAP server. The LDAP integration utilizes the certificate to encrypt or encode all communication occurring between the servers.
MID Server: In order to avoid sending external network traffic to your LDAP server, implement a MID Server security option on the local network.
VPN: A virtual private network (VPN) enables a computer to send as well as receive data through shared or public networks securely.
Further you will learn about the second LDAP configuration option- LDAP listener.
An LDAP listener is an automated system which takes care of executing required changes for users and groups over the LDAP server. If the LDAP server favours a constant search mechanism, the LDAP listener first identifies any changes made on the user or group front. After identifying the changes in any of the applicable LDAP accounts, it forwards the changes to your instance within 10 seconds.
Further, you will learn about the last LDAP configuration option which is ‘Multiple domains.
LDAP integration allows creation of multiple network domains limited to the same domain or expanding it to entirely non-trusted domains.
Perfect Cloud, advises you to create a distinct LDAP server record linked with each domain. Every LDAP server record has to refer to the domain controller linked with that particular domain. It simply means that your local network should enable connections to every domain controller. After expanding over to multiple network domains, ensure that you recognise unique LDAP attributes with respect to application user names as well as import coalesce values
Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) due to its simplicity, availability, and ease of implementation has become a standardized way of centralized information storage and retrieval. Organizations prefer LDAP integration as it provides an easy and comprehensive solution which uses synchronization scripts as well as custom codes to store information over large systems, securely.