(Answer) (Category) OpenLDAP Faq-O-Matic : (Category) General LDAP FAQ : (Category) Public LDAP Services : (Category) OpenLDAP LDAP Root Service : (Answer) How does this work?
Lets say a client does a search (or other operation) with DN dc=example,dc=net against against their local server (not part of example.net).
  1. Client submits request for dc=example,dc=net to local server
  2. Local server responds with referral ldap://root.openldap.org/
  3. Client chases referral to root.openldap.org
  4. root.openldap.org, based upon DNS SRV RRs, responds with a referral to ldap://ldap.example.net/
  5. Client chases referral to ldap.example.net.
  6. ldap.example.net responds with appropriate results.

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