LDAP and Winbind difference

what is difference between winbind and ldap. where do we use them ?
aasheeAsked:
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arnoldConnect With a Mentor Commented:
winbindd provides an interface through samba to access a windows AD.
One can configure their system to be an LDAP client of an AD. (depending on the windows OS version, this at times requires a change in the registry to allow direct LDAP queries against the AD)

LDAP is the basis on which the AD is setup
LightWeight Directory Access protocol

http://www.coderanch.com/t/315343/EJB-JEE/java/LDAP-Active-Directory-Explained-please

http://lists.samba.org/archive/samba/2001-October/030378.html
http://www.samba.org/samba/docs/man/Samba-HOWTO-Collection/winbind.html

In a short example, LDAP is the backend where you can have centralized data stored including username/passwords for systems to use to authenticate/authorize/etc.

I'd recommend that prior to posting these single sentence question, you should see whether there is already an answer to your question by performing a search within EE or your favorite search engine.  At times a direct comparison as you phrase it might not be possible. But understanding what each item is and what each item does, would likely answer the question what the difference between the two items are once you know what each item does and how it is used.
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aasheeAuthor Commented:
hi,
yes i searched. but its difficult to find relevant link. search engine returns al ot of crap.

thanks a lot arnold for your advice and suggestions and good answers.
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