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LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol)


About LDAP at UVA

LDAP, the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol, provides information about individuals in a community; LDAP servers are the type of servers that make up a community’s “user database.”

At the University of Virginia, we have both public (containing information that is "common knowledge") and private (information that must be secured) LDAP servers. The LDAP servers are updated nightly with data from the UVA User Database, keeping it up-to-date with any changes. The University’s LDAP database does not link in with other LDAP databases on the Internet, meaning that our database can only return information about the University community.

UVA People Search

The UVA People Search is a Web application that uses the Public LDAP server to enable people to look up registered email addresses, office phone numbers, etc., for faculty and staff within the UVA community. The UVA People Search does not return student information. If you are a member of the University community and looking for student data, you will have the option to click a button on the results page that says "Find All People (Login Req)" and it will prompt you to log in via NetBadge. UVA users who have elected to make all their information private do not appear in this search.

Public LDAP

The Public LDAP service at UVA is a directory of publicly-accessible information about UVA people, containing a subset of the available data in the UVA User Database. In the interest of protecting student privacy, the University limits direct access to the Public LDAP (effective Feb. 1, 2017) — it can only be accessed from known UVA IP-Space (excluding guest IPs) and the IP space of known valid users. For users physically located at UVA or for applications that run from UVA servers, there should be no access problems. If a UVA user is off Grounds, they must use VPN to access Public LDAP (for instance, if you have configured an email client to query Public LDAP and you are off Grounds, the queries will not work — you must initiate a VPN session prior to reading email).

Private LDAP

The Private LDAP service at UVA is a directory containing almost all the information from the UVA User Database about all active members of the University community. Authority to access information about UVA people is determined on an application-by-application basis. Many University Web applications protected by the NetBadge service need access to the Private LDAP service to determine whether a user is a student or faculty/staff member, and is authorized to view the webpage they are requesting.

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