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Lightweight Directory Access Protocol. An implementation of the industry standard X.500 directory protocol developed for PCs and the internet. Unlike X.500, LDAP is designed for IP, has a small footprint, is simple to implement and is faster and less network-intensive than X.500. Also abbreviated to "LDap".

Put simply, LDAP is a protocol for querying directory services (such as the Windows Active Directory or DNS servers) over TCP/IP.

cf LDIF.

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