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From "Emmanuel Lecharny" <>
Subject Re: what is meaning of O, cn, ou,....
Date Thu, 01 Feb 2007 11:34:51 GMT
O is the short name for Organization
CN is the short name for Common Name
OU = Organization Unit

It comes from X500, and has been adopted in LDAP (as LDAP was created as a
leightweight protocol to communicate with X500 servers)

You can find the signification of all those short names on sites like

Hope it helps


On 2/1/07, legolas wood <> wrote:
> Hi
> Thank you for reading my post.
> can some one please explain meaning of o, cn, ou, cn.... term that is
> used in ApacheDS documentation?
> Thanks

Emmanuel L├ęcharny

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