The CTDP Directory and Naming Services Guide Version 0.2.0 February 25, 2001
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Directory services provide an ability for users to search for files and information. Usually there is some ability to filter the contents to be returned. Naming services map objects with names.
Naming services store references to objects. For example an address book stores a list of addresses. The addresses are references to physical locations where buildings are located. The actual building is not stored in the address book. Some naming services store IP addresses (addresses of specific computers on a network) in a database. WINS and DNS store IP addresses. These services are used to cross reference the name of computers with their address.
In many cases, it might be assumed that these naming services are in competition with one another. This is not generally the case. For instance, LDAP is not be used to compete with nor replace DNS but can be used to supplement DNS.
Directory services are simple databases. These databases may reside on multiple computers. These services may allow users to locate services by using the following functions.
Directory services provide information about resources or objects and any tools used to find them.
Naming services map objects with names.
Naming and Directory Service Combinations
Many products provide both naming service and directory service functionality in one package.