Dispelling the myths about Active Directory

By James Taylor, Computer World |  Development

Most of the companies I've dealt with that have decided to go with Active Directory have done so in spite of clear evidence presented by their technical staffs, and in many cases, outside consultants, that it was not in the company's best interest ("NetWare to Windows 2000: Making the Leap," Technology, Oct. 23). The decision is usually based on the idea that if you run an application that requires Active Directory, you have to manage your entire user base with Active Directory.

This is simply not true; eDirectory (NDS 8.5) can manage users and objects on NetWare 5.x, NT, Exchange 5.5 and 2000, Windows 2000, Solaris, Linux and True64 right out of the box and can synchronize with NDS, Active Directory, iPlanet (Netscape), Notes, Oracle, Microsoft SQL, DB2, PeopleSoft and SAP using DirXML connectors currently available. Any other application with XML or LDAP entry points is capable of being integrated with eDirectory using currently available APIs. And eDirectory can exist in parallel with an existing NDS environment and fully or selectively synchronize the user base with the new environment.

Active Directory works well only in a pure Windows 2000 environment and requires extensive overhaul of the network infrastructure to be fully effective. In most companies, there is a heterogeneous environment that is not going away anytime soon, if ever.

I didn't see any quotes or examples in the article regarding the large number of companies that plan to extend their use of NDS into their enterprises. The article was based solely on the choices of those who have bought into the myth that Active Directory is ready for prime time.

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