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Architecture for Integrated Directory Services - Result from TISDAG (RFC2970)

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Original Publication Date: 2000-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2001-Aug-16
Document File: 19 page(s) / 40K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

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L. Daigle: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A single, unified, global whitepages directory service remains elusive. Nonetheless, there is increasing call for participation of widely-dispersed directory servers (i.e., across multiple organizations) in large-scale directory services. These services range from national whitepages services, to multi-national indexes of WWW resources, and beyond. Drawing from experiences with the TISDAG (Technical Infrastructure for Swedish Directory Access Gateways) ([TISDAG]) project, this document outlines an approach to providing the necessary infrastructure for integrating such widely-scattered servers into a single service, rather than attempting to mandate a single protocol and schema set for all participating servers to use.

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Network Working Group L. Daigle Request for Comments: 2970 T. Eklof Category: Informational October 2000

Architecture for Integrated Directory Services Result from TISDAG

Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

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Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2000). All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

A single, unified, global whitepages directory service remains elusive. Nonetheless, there is increasing call for participation of widely-dispersed directory servers (i.e., across multiple organizations) in large-scale directory services. These services range from national whitepages services, to multi-national indexes of WWW resources, and beyond. Drawing from experiences with the TISDAG (Technical Infrastructure for Swedish Directory Access Gateways) ([TISDAG]) project, this document outlines an approach to providing the necessary infrastructure for integrating such widely-scattered servers into a single service, rather than attempting to mandate a single protocol and schema set for all participating servers to use.

1. Introduction

The TISDAG project addressed the issue of providing centralized access to distributed information for whitepages information on a national scale. The specification of the eventual system is presented in [TISDAG], and [DAGEXP] outlines some of the practical experience already gained in implementing a system of this scale and nature. [DAG-Mesh] considers the issues and possibilities of networking multiple DAG services. Following on from those, this document attempts to describe some of the architectural underpinnings of the system, and propose directions in which the approach can be generalized, within the bounds of applicability.

Daigle Eklof Informational [Page 1]

RFC 2970 Architecture for IDS Result from TISDAG October 2000

The proposed architecture inserts a coordinated set of modules between the client access software and participating servers. While the client software interacts with the service at a single entry point, the remaining modules are called upon (behind the scenes) to provide the necessary application support. This may come in the form of modules that provide query proxying, schema translation, lookups, referrals, security infrastructure, etc.

Part of this architecture is an "internal protocol" called the "DAG/IP" in the TISDAG project. This document also outlines the perceived requirements for this protocol in the extended DAG.

2.0 Some terminology

Terms used in this document are compliant with those set out in [ALVE]. For the purposes of this document, important distinctions and relationships are defined between applications, services, servers and systems. These are defined as follows:

Application: this is meant in the general sense, as a s...