Highlights of Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 - Part 2
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Posted: 3 Aug 2007
Novell Connection Magazine: Tech Talk #1 - Domain Services for Windows-OES 2
Highlights of Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 - Part 2 of 4
by Ken Baker
Novell Connection Magazine - July 2007
Here's an excerpt:Complexity seems to be a way of life for many in the IT world. Maybe that's why Novell constantly seems to be looking for new ways to reduce complexity for its customers. This drive towards simplification is keenly evidenced by the new Novell Domain Services for Windows feature debuting in Novell Open Enterprise Server 2. Novell Domain Services for Windows provides seamless cross-authentication between Windows Active Directory environments and Linux eDirectory server environments for file and print services.
"In addition to eliminating the requirement for the Novell client, one of the biggest benefits that Domain Services for Windows provides end users is that it eliminates multiple logins if they need access to both Active Directory- and eDirectory-based services."
This new component in Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 had its genesis when some customers indicated that while they want to take advantage of Novell file and print services on the back end, they prefer to streamline the clients required on the front end. Novell Domain Services for Windows delivers this exact functionality, enabling Linux servers to appear as if they are Active Directory servers, such that users can log in and authenticate to a Linux server with their native Windows clients using their eDirectory usernames and passwords.
> Trust-Not Synchronization
You should know that Domain Services for Windows is not a directory synchronization solution. Rather, a cross-domain or cross-forest trust can be created between Active Directory and a Novell Domain Services for Windows domain. This trust relationship enables each user to be represented by a single user account, whether that account resides in eDirectory or Active Directory.
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