January 26, 2001, 4:55 PM —
The first reaction of many IT professionals to the words directory service is trepidation. "Sounds complex," they think, "and I don't have time to learn something new and complicated."
It's true that there's a learning curve involved with directory services, but the benefits far outweigh that consideration. Directory services, in tandem with directory-enabled applications, greatly simplify network management.
The three major directory services in use today are the standards-based Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), Novell's Novell Directory Services (NDS), and Microsoft's Active Directory. We've collected the best links we could find to help you learn about directory services and how to implement them. Please email us if you'd like to recommend other links for this page.