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Executive Introduction to Directory Services Using the X.500 Protocol (RFC1308)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000002128D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
Document File: 4 page(s) / 9K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

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C. Weider: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This document is an Executive Introduction to Directory Services using the X.500 protocol. It briefly discusses the deficiencies in currently deployed Internet Directory Services, and then illustrates the solutions provided by X.500.

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Network Working Group C. Weider

Request for Comments: 1308 ANS

FYI: 13 J. Reynolds

ISI

March 1992

Executive Introduction to Directory Services

Using the X.500 Protocol

Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does

not specify an Internet standard. Distribution of this memo is

unlimited.

Abstract

This document is an Executive Introduction to Directory Services

using the X.500 protocol. It briefly discusses the deficiencies in

currently deployed Internet Directory Services, and then illustrates

the solutions provided by X.500.

This FYI RFC is a product of the Directory Information Services

(pilot) Infrastructure Working Group (DISI). A combined effort of

the User Services and the OSI Integration Areas of the Internet

Engineering Task Force (IETF).

1. INTRODUCTION

The Internet is growing at a phenomenal rate, with no deceleration in

sight. Every month thousands of new users are added. New networks

are added literally almost every day. In fact, it is entirely

conceivable that in the future every human with access to a computer

will be able to interact with every other over the Internet and her

sister networks. However, the ability to interact with everyone is

only useful if one can locate the people with whom they need to work.

Thus, as the Internet grows, one of the limitations imposed on the

effective use of the network will be determined by the quality and

coverage of Directory Services available.

Directory Services in this paper refers not only to the types of

services provided by the telephone companies' White Pages, but to

resource location, Yellow Pages services, mail address lookup, etc.

We will take a brief look at the services available today, and at the

problems they have, and then we will show how the X.500 standard

solves those problems.

2. CURRENT SERVICES AND THEIR LIMITATIONS

In the interests of brevity, we will only look at the WHOIS service,

and at the DNS. Each will illustrate a particular philosophy, if you

will, of Directory Services.

The WHOIS service is maintained by the Defense Data Network Network

Information Center, or DDN NIC. It is currently maintained at GSI

for the IP portion of the Internet. It contains information about IP

networks, IP network managers, a scattering of well-know...