With directory services, various applications in the IT landscape can access common information at a central location.
The information is stored in a central directory, which the various systems in your IT landscape can access. In this way, the directory serves as an IT address book for information that is common to applications, such as:
Personnel data (name, department, organization)
User data and security information (User account, authorizations, public key certificates)
Information about system resources and system services (system ID, application configuration, printer configuration)
With their central information and administration point, directory services provide:
Simple shared information usage by various applications using a standard protocol
Less data inconsistency and redundancy
Reduced Total Cost of Ownership
You can use directory services to maintain information in SAP systems for directory-compatible applications (such as Business Workplace). The access protocol that is used is the standard internet protocol Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP).
To allow the use of directory services for SAP systems, the SAP NetWeaver Application Server is delivered with the LDAP connector. The LDAP connector controls the information flow between the SAP NetWeaver Application Server and a directory server.
For more information, see LDAP Connector.