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Technical illustration showing a directory information tree
How is data arranged in Oracle Internet Directory?

Entries in an LDAP directory are arranged in a hierarchy known as a directory information tree (DIT). Each individual entry in the directory has a specific location in the DIT that is uniquely identified by a distinguished name (DN). The distinguished name tells you exactly where the entry resides in the directory hierarchy. The graphic shows a DIT with two users named Anne Smith. The DN for the Anne Smith on the left is:

cn=Anne Smith, ou=Sales, c=us

The DN for the Anne Smith on the right is:

cn=Anne Smith, ou=Sales, c=uk