Read our definition of Directory
Hitachi ID Systems
Wed Jul 15 10:30:51 MDT 2020
A directory is a network service which lists participants in the
network -- users, computers, printers, groups, etc. It is intended
to be a convenient and robust mechanism for publishing and consuming
information about these participants, so that this data can be
shared by multiple systems and applications.
Directories often store credentials such as
passwords or PKI certificates.
This allows directories to be used to
Directories may also store entitlements
such as membership of users in security groups.
This allows directories to be used to authorization
Directories are often accessed using a standard network protocol,
most commonly LDAP.
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