"Your network is growing in size and complexity. It's taking on
a life of its own, spreading and growing and absorbing everything
in its path. You're tearing your hair out trying to keep track, and
your users have somehow discovered your secret phone number and are
pestering you with endless questions and demands--where do I find
this; I don't want to keep track of a dozen different passwords;
nothing works like it should.
"Of several possible solutions, consider two: 1) find a new
hiding place, or 2) implement an LDAP server. While finding a new
hiding place might sound ideal, it's an option we're going to have
to save for a future article. This series will instead explain what
LDAP is good for, detail how to build an LDAP server, and cover
what you can do with it..."