Red Hat's directory server
Posted Jun 6, 2005 0:22 UTC (Mon) by giraffedata
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One thing the other posters didn't mention: you need your login program to authenticate against your directory. And/or your webserver, ftpserver, whatever.
That's what I took the comments about there being a standard for directory services to mean. While there's no reason there couldn't be a standard for authenticating by using a relational database server, there isn't. The protocols that existing login programs, etc. use are directory protocols.
Of course that means a directory server isn't really what you need. What you need is an LDAP server, or a server of whatever other directory protocol your programs use.
The only comment I've seen that says directory servers are useful per se is the one that suggests for a simple directory lookup, a directory server can be more efficient than a general purpose relational database server and a directory protocol easier to use than SQL.
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