Sun OpenDS Standard Edition can function in one of two modes:
as an LDAP directory server, used to contain data.
as a proxy server, where the server acts as an interface between the client and the directory server containing the data.
The applicability of the information in this document will depend on which installation you have chosen. The following section lists the applicability of each topic. As a general rule, references to the generic term server apply to both the directory server and the proxy server.