Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) is an industry standard for accessing directory services. LDAP user authentication allows client applications to send user ID and password information to the database server for authentication by the LDAP server instead of using the catalog. Authentication using the LDAP server allows organization wide password management.
LDAP user authentication is ideal for organizations with an existing computing environment who want to simplify and centralize user administration, or for users in a new computing environment who want to avoid unnecessary complexities for administering users in disparate applications and databases.
The login_mode database option includes an LDAPUA mode, which extends the possible authentication mechanisms to include LDAP User Authentication. The SQL Anywhere LDAP user authentication support allows SQL Anywhere to be integrated into existing enterprise-wide directory access frameworks based on LDAP.
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