Lightweight Directory Access Protocol, or LDAP for short, is a tool to distribute "directory information" across a network of computers. Directory information can be anything from user names, computer names, passwords, phone numbers, network shares, or printers. If you are a Windows user, you may be familiar with the University's Active Directory system. Active Directory is actually Microsoft's custom implementation of LDAP.
We use LDAP to centralize authentication and authorization. Benefits of this approach are:
In our implementation of the protocol, we have chosen to use the University's Internet ID system for authentication. Access to our systems does not require a separate account so once your user ID is enabled in our LDAP system, you will be able to log in to our servers with your University account.March 28th, 2012
CLA Service Desk