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Network Computing: The Cross-Platform Challenge

Aug 21, 2000, 15:47 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Greg Shipley, Kevin Novak)

"...Even so, we set out to test Novell's claims that NDS is no longer just for NetWare--and test we did. Our goal was simple: to create in our Chicago lab a distributed, redundant, multiplatform authentication environment in which users of Linux, Solaris and Windows workstations could log in using a single authentication data source. Simple in theory, but far from simple in practice."

"After overcoming several stumbling blocks and getting around Novell's lack of support for Linux and Solaris, we found the product actually lived up to its promises. Given some time and quite a bit more support, NDS actually has the potential to put Novell back in the workplace, including some new areas it hasn't penetrated previously. (NDS eDirectory also impressed us earlier in the year, capturing our Well-Connected award as the top enterprise directory service.)"

"Our first challenge was to figure out exactly what products were needed to get everything working. As silly as this may sound, it was not an easy task. Fortunately, we got a head start when we performed our Linux testing earlier this year (see "The Linux Challenge.")"

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