The WS-Enumeration Directory Services Protocol Extensions are a set of extensions to the Web Services Enumeration (WS-Enumeration) [WSENUM] protocol for facilitating SOAP-based search operations against directory servers. This protocol makes it easy for client applications that currently use non-Web services protocols, such as Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) version 3 [RFC2251], to instead use Web service protocols for such operations.
The extensions to the SOAP-based Enumeration protocol specify dialect for expressing the search filter for an enumeration. It also provide a means of requesting and receiving selected fragments of resultant objects in the context of a specific enumeration and an additional set of SOAP faults for various WS-Enumeration [WSENUM] operations.
Sections 1.5, 1.8, 1.9, 2, and 3 of this specification are normative. All other sections and examples in this specification are informative.