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Managing the X.500 Root Naming Context (RFC2120)

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Original Publication Date: 1997-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 11 page(s) / 29K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

D. Chadwick: AUTHOR

Abstract

The X.500 Standard [X.500 93] has the concept of first level DSAs, whose administrators must collectively manage the root naming context through bi-lateral agreements or other private means which are outside the scope of the X.500 Standard.

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Network Working Group D. Chadwick

Request for Comments: 2120 University of Salford

Category: Experimental March 1997

Managing the X.500 Root Naming Context

Status of this Memo

This memo defines an Experimental Protocol for the Internet

community. This memo does not specify an Internet standard of any

kind. Discussion and suggestions for improvement are requested.

Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Abstract

The X.500 Standard [X.500 93] has the concept of first level DSAs,

whose administrators must collectively manage the root naming context

through bi-lateral agreements or other private means which are

outside the scope of the X.500 Standard.

The NameFLOW-Paradise X.500 service has an established procedure for

managing the root naming context, which currently uses Quipu

proprietary replication mechanisms and a root DSA. The benefits that

derive from this are twofold:

- firstly it is much easier to co-ordinate the management of the

root context information, when there is a central point of

administration,

- secondly the performance of one-level Search operations is

greatly improved because the Quipu distribution and replication

mechanism does not have a restriction that exists in the 1988 and

1993 X.500 Standard.

The NameFLOW-Paradise project is moving towards 1993 ISO X.500

Standard replication protocols and wants to standardise the protocol

and procedure for managing the root naming context which will be

based on 1993 X.500 Standard protocols. Such a protocol and procedure

will be useful to private X.500 domains as well as to the Internet

X.500 public domain. It is imperative that overall system performance

is not degraded by this transition.

This document describes the use of 1993 ISO X.500 Standard protocols

for managing the root context. Whilst the ASN.1 is compatible with

that of the X.500 Standard, the actual settings of the parameters are

supplementary to that of the X.500 Standard.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction............................................. 2

2 Migration Plan........................................... 3

3 Technical Solutions...................................... 3

4 The Fast Track Solution.................................. 4

5 The Slower Track Solution................................ 6

6 The Long Term Solution................................... 7

7 Security Considerations.................................. 8

8 Acknowledgments................................