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What Are Some Basic Types Of LDAP Operations?

LDAP possesses open and cross-platform compatibility, which helps it work with a distinct variety of directory service providers also with a wide range of applications. The typical use case for LDAP is its serving as a central repository for authenticated data such as usernames and passwords. 

The users can be verified while using the authentication data that has been stored in several applications. In addition, there are several famous applications that provide complete support to LDAP authentication, such as Docker, OpenVPN, and many more.

Some basic types of LDAP operations. Understand what LDAP operations can be performed while using the projected user profiles.

  • Add 
  • Bind 
  • Unbind 
  • Modify 
  • Search and Compare 
  • Delete 

Add:  As the term is clearing, the operation’s purpose is to add new entries to the respective directory-server database. This attribute helps in the addition of new entries. If the newly added name already exists, the LDAP server won’t accept it and notifies you with a notification that “Entry Already Exists.” The LDAP-compliant servers will keep adding names and other necessary functions to maintain consistency per the recommended naming protocols.

Bind: This LDAP operation is also known as authentication. Whenever a session is created by linking up with an LDAP server, the authentication level of the session will always be anonymous by default. The main objective of the LDAP bind operation is to change the unspecified state by validating the authentication state. This can take place only through authentication approaches, i.e., The Simple or Simple Authentication and Security Layer (SASL).

Unbind Operation: The unbind operation ends the connections and terminates the significant processes. Of course, this can be attained by closing the link too. But it is recommended that unbind performs this function more accurately as it clears up the resources the terminated operation might take.

Modify Operation: The LDAP uses this feature for clients and users to edit the available information stored in the database. Thus, it can be commented that a single modify operation possesses the power to affect the multiple attributes if all the details are available in the same entry. Under the revised process, only three distinct modifications are acceptable. Here are those three modifications.

  • Addition of new value to the stored database.
  • Substituting or overwriting the already existed value.
  • Eliminating the existing value in the stored database.

Search and Comparison Operation: This operation contributes to letting the clients look for entries and read them. The entries can be easily searched based on their name, size, scope, type, and other shared attributes. On the other hand, the comparison feature helps certify whether the entry has particular characteristics.  

Delete Operation: This feature eliminates the entries from the directory. The deletion will not happen right after you delete them. It requires the client’s agreement and an ideal delete request to the server of the stored database. The delete request sent by the client must have the name of the respective entry you want to eliminate, along with request controls.

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