And all this was on speaker phone, naturally?

This networking pilot fish is at his desk working on the virtual server environment when he gets a call from the CIO.

"Our plans were to upgrade our Active Directory implementation," says fish. "The CIO said, 'I am in a project meeting and the vendor needs to know what our LDAP server is.'

"I started to reply, 'The Active Directory server we allow external vendors to authenticate to--' but he swiftly cut me off. 'I asked for our LDAP server. LDAP and Active Directory are two different things. Just tell me the LDAP server.'

"I then had to explain that LDAP is Lightweight Directory Access Protocol and Active Directory is the current implementation of LDAP being used by our IT department."

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