The Service Location Protocol (SLP) uses the TCP/IP protocol and helps users manage resources and locate network services
. The Service Location Protocol is about organizing as well as locating hardware such as printers, scanners, or hard drives used by other workstations and mapping databases
anddirectories that may be distributed across the network
. The SLP protocol is a user-friendly protocol that allows the user to monitor communications with agents. The Service Location Protocol allows network components and services to be maintained and replaced without the need to reconfigure each workstation. The SFP protocol is an alternative to the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP).