Active Directory Naming and LDAP

Posted: March 4, 2011 in Active Directory, Exchange Server, Server 2003, Server 2008, System Information
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The LDAP is a standardized protocol used by clients to look up information in a directory. An LDAP-aware directory service (such as Active Directory) indexes all the attributes of all the objects stored in the directory and publishes them. LDAP-aware clients can query the server in a wide variety of ways.


Every object in Active Directory is an instance of a class defined in the Active Directory

schema. Each class has attributes that ensure unique identification of every object in

the directory. To accomplish this, Active Directory relies on a naming convention that

lets objects be stored logically and accessed by clients by a standardized method. Both

users and applications are affected by the naming conventions that a directory uses. To

locate a network resource, you’ll need to know its name or one of its properties. Active

Directory supports several types of names for the different formats that can access

Active Directory.


These names include:

■ Relative Distinguished Names

■ Distinguished Names

■ User Principal Names

■ Canonical Names



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