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Technical Overview of Directory Services Using the X.500 Protocol (RFC1309)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000002129D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
Document File: 13 page(s) / 33K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

C. Weider: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

This document is an overview of the X.500 standard for people not familiar with the technology. It compares and contrasts Directory Services based on X.500 with several of the other Directory services currently in use in the Internet. This paper also describes the status of the standard and provides references for further information on X.500 implementations and technical information.

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Network Working Group C. Weider

Request for Comments: 1309 ANS

FYI: 14 J. Reynolds

ISI

S. Heker

JvNC

March 1992

Technical Overview of 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 overview of the X.500 standard for people not

familiar with the technology. It compares and contrasts Directory

Services based on X.500 with several of the other Directory services

currently in use in the Internet. This paper also describes the

status of the standard and provides references for further

information on X.500 implementations and technical information.

A primary purpose of this paper is to illustrate the vast

functionality of the X.500 protocol and to show how it can be used to

provide a global directory for human use, and can support other

applications which would benefit from directory services, such as

main programs.

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

As the pace of industry, science, and technological development

quickened over the past century, it became increasingly probable that

someone in a geographically distant location would be trying to solve

the same problems you were trying to solve, or that someone in a

geographically distant location would have some vital information

which impinged on your research or business. The stupendous growth

in the telecommunications industry, from telegraphs to telephones to

computer networks, has alleviated the problem of being able to

communicate with another person, PROVIDED THAT YOU KNOW HOW TO REACH

THEM.

Thus, along with the expansion of the telecommunications

infrastructure came the development of Directory Services. In this

paper, we will discuss various models of directory services, the

limitations of current models, and some solutions provided by the

X.500 standard to these limitations.

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