ZCS Administrator Guide 7.2.1
ZCS Administrator Guide 7.2.1
Open Source Edition

Zimbra LDAP Service > Directory Services Overview

Directory Services Overview
LDAP directory services provide a centralized repository for information about users and devices that are authorized to use your network. The central repository used for Zimbra’s LDAP data is the OpenLDAP directory server.
The following figure shows traffic between the Zimbra-LDAP directory server and the other servers in the Zimbra system. The Zimbra MTA and the Zimbra mailbox server read from, or write to, the LDAP database on the directory server.
The Zimbra clients connect through the Zimbra server, which in turn connects to LDAP.
LDAP Directory Traffic
At the core of every LDAP implementation is a database organized using a schema. The schema specifies the types of objects that are stored in the database, and what types of attributes they have.
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