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                   LDAP Clients Finding LDAP Servers
             Filename: draft-ietf-lsd-client-finding-00.txt

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   This document discusses methods available for LDAP clients to
   discover the existance and location of LDAP servers. It is based on
   previous and ongoing IETF work.

1. Introduction

   The Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) [1] can be used to
   build "islands" of servers that are not a priori tied into a single
   Directory Information Tree (DIT.) Here, it is necessary to determine
   how a client can discover LDAP servers. This documents discusses the
   available methods

2. Client Discovery of LDAP Servers

   LDAP clients may have a list of preconfigured LDAP servers included
   with them that a user can select from.  Here, some of the servers in

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   the preconfigured list might provide the functionality described in
   this document, to allow for simpler clients.

   If not configured with a LDAP server, a non-DHCP client should follow
   the sequence of steps specified in [1] (which uses DNS [2] and the
   Service Location Protocol [3]) with the target service being LDAP in
   order to find an LDAP server.  If a DNS record is found for a name
   that begins with ldap (i.e. ldap.tcp.foo.com or ldap.foo.com) a
   further DNS lookup for a TXT record under that name would return the
   root of that server's subtree.  A DHCP-aware client may use the DHCP
   extension specified in [4] to locate LDAP servers as an alternative
   to the sequence specified in [1].

3. Security Considerations

   Since this draft only summarizes available methods, it adds no
   additional security considerations to those inherent in the
   referenced documents.  Implementors are strongly recommended to read
   and follow the security considerations provided in the referenced

4. Acknowledgments

   Many thanks to the members of the LSD working group, for their
   contributions to previous drafts. The work described in this document
   is partially supported by the National Science Foundation,
   Cooperative Agreement NCR-9218179.

5. References

   Request For Comments (RFC) and Internet Drafts documents are
   available from <URL:ftp://ftp.internic.net> and numerous mirror

[1]         R. Moats, M. Hamilton, P. Leach, "Finding Stuff (How to dis-
            cover services)," Internet Draft (work in progress), June

[2]         P. V. Mockapetris. "Domain names - concepts and facilities,"
            RFC 1034.  November 1987.

[3]         J. Veizades, E. Guttman, C. Perkins, S. Kaplan, "Service
            Location Protocol," RFC 2165, June 1997.

[4]         L. Hedstrom, L. Howard, "DHCP Options for Locating LDAP
            Servers," Internet Draft (work in progress), July 1997

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6. Author's address

   Ryan Moats
   15621 Drexel Circle
   Omaha, NE 68135-2358

   Phone:  +1 402 894-9456
   EMail:  jayhawk@att.com

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