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In Mac OS 9, the Network Browser (in the Apple menu) adds the ability to browse entries in an LDAP directory server such as ClickMail.

The Network Browser lets users browse for services such as file servers and printers. But in Mac OS 9, you can add a Neighborhood that shows servers listed in an LDAP directory server. The directory can contain entries for people as well as servers.

An LDAP Neighborhood is not dynamic like other Network Browser Neighborhoods, but you have complete control of its contents from a single source, your ClickMail LDAP server. Theoretically, you could control which clients see which servers depending on the client's IP address (not fully implemented in ClickMail).

You can enter FTP and HTTP URLs in the LDAP server to give users clickable access to:

  • Personal home pages
  • Company, department, or project web pages
  • Web, File Sharing (via IP), and FTP servers
  • Important files on a server

The Network Browser is also an FTP client, allowing browsing and downloading from any FTP server listed in your directory.

Unlike most LDAP clients, here we are browsing, not searching. The user opens the LDAP Neighborhood to see a list of all entries in the top level of the LDAP database (or selected branch, depending on the search base). If an LDAP tree structure is used, users can drill down to entries by company, department, service, etc. A flat LDAP structure simply lists all the entries.

Edited for clarity 11/9/99

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