Building an X.500 Directory Service in the US (RFC1943)
Original Publication Date: 1996-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2019-Feb-12
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
This document provides definition and recommends considerations that must be undertaken to operate a X.500 Directory Service in the United States. This memo provides information for the Internet community. This memo does not specify an Internet standard of any kind.
Network Working Group B. Jennings Request for Comments: 1943 Sandia National Laboratory Category: Informational May 1996
Building an X.500 Directory Service in the US
Status of this Memo
This memo provides information for the Internet community. This memo does not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of this memo is unlimited.
This document provides definition and recommends considerations that must be undertaken to operate a X.500 Directory Service in the United States. This project is the work performed for the Integrated Directory Services Working Group within the Internet Engineering Task Force, for establishing an electronic White Pages Directory Service within an organization in the US and for connecting it to a wide-area Directory infrastructure.
Establishing a successful White Pages Directory Service within an organization requires a collaborative effort between the technical, legal and data management components of an organization. It also helps if there is a strong commitment from the higher management to participate in a wide-area Directory Service.
The recommendations presented in the document are the result of experience from participating in the Internet White Pages project.
Table of Contents
1.0 Introduction 2 1.1 Purpose of this Document 2 1.2 Introduction to Directory Services 2 2.0 The X.500 Protocol 4 2.1 Introduction 4 2.2 Directory Model 4 2.3 Information Model 5 2.4 Benefits and Uses for X.500 Directory Service 6 2.5 Other Applications of X.500 7 3.0 Legal Issues 8 3.1 Introduction 8 3.2 Purpose of the Directory 8 3.3 User Rights 9 3.4 Data Integrity 9
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3.5 Protection of the Data 10 3.6 Conclusions 10 4.0 Infrastructure 11 4.1 Introduction 11 4.2 A Well Maintained Infrastructure 11 4.3 DUA Interfaces for End Users 12 5.0 Datamanagement & Pilot Projects 13 5.1 Simple Internet White Pages Service 13 5.2 InterNIC 13 5.3 ESnet 14 6.0 Recommendations 14 6.1 General 14 6.2 Getting Started 14 6.3 Who are the Customers 14 6.4 What are the Contents of the Directory 15 6.5 What are the Rights of the Individuals 15 6.6 Data Integrity 16 6.7 Data Security 16 6.8 Data Administration 17 6.9 Conclusion 17 7.0 References 18 8.0 Glossary 19 9.0 Security Considerations 22 10.0 Author’s Address 22
1.1 Purpose of this Document
This document provides an introduction for individuals planning to build a directory service for an organization in the US. It presents an introduction to the technical, legal, and organizational aspects of a directory service. It describes various options to organizations who want to operate an X.500 Directory service and illustrates these with examples of current X.500 service providers.
1.2 Introduction to Directory Services
An electronic directory server is an electronic process that provides a list of information provided via electronic access. This information is variable in...