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LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol)

A Service of IET

LDAP, the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol, provides information about individuals in a community; LDAP servers make up a community’s “user database.” LDAP servers can be:

  •         private, containing personal information about members of a community that must be secured, or,
  •         public, containing information that is more “common knowledge” so that members of a community are able to look one another up as needed.

UC Davis maintains both public and private LDAP servers. These servers are updated nightly with data from UC Davis Identity Management servers.

  • A reliable hardware and software configuration
  • Service-level accounts having extended data access for directory-enabled applications
  • A fully-populated directory with information on people known to the central Computing Accounts service
  • An access control model for the protection of sensitive information
Get Started: 

For information on establishing LDAP service-level accounts, or assistance with LDAP services, contact

For general questions or comments regarding the LDAP project, contact the IET Middleware team at

For help on configuring email client software with LDAP, contact IT Help at