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Centralis Lyncx: Alias Utility for TCS Contextless Login

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Posted: 29 Nov 2000
 

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Centralis Lyncx (Locate Your NDS Context) simplifies and accelerates the process of creating Aliases for users in the NDS. It allows administrators to select users and drag and drop them into a container, automatically creating Aliases for them. This is done to support administrators who wish to use Alias accounts to deliver contextless login to Windows Terminal Server / MetaFrame environments, but do not wish to set up an Alias manually for each user.

The Lyncx utility was developed by Centralis to assist our consultants configuring contextless log-in for customers deploying integrated Windows Terminal Server / MetaFrame and NDS solutions.

A number of organisations have since contacted Centralis directly for advice on how to set up contextless login, so from the 20th of November this information will be posted as a technical briefing document on the Centralis website, together with the Centralis Lyncx utility as a free download at http://www.centralis.co.uk/

Benefits

  • Automated Alias Creation -- Centralis Lyncx significantly reduces the time required to create multiple Alias accounts
  • Flexible User Selection - Centralis Lyncx supports selection of users by name, group or container

It should be noted that Centralis Lyncx was created by Centralis as an in-house administration tool. While it has been used and tested by Centralis, we have made it available as a free download, and it has therefore not been subject to the full quality control associated with our commercial software releases.

Users are therefore advised to test the software against a development tree before using it to manage their live environment.

How Centralis Lyncx Works

Use of Centralis Lyncx

This document compares the standard methods and Lyncx equivalent procedure for creating NDS Alias accounts, which must be set up in order to deliver contextless login to Windows Terminal Server / MetaFrame environments.

Creating an Alias Account

Existing Method

The Administrator:

  1. Loads NWAdmin
  2. Uses NWAdmin to select the container in which the user Aliases are to be created
  3. Selects "Create Alias"
  4. Enters the Alias name
  5. Navigates the NDS to select the user for whom the Alias is required
  6. Repeats navigation and creation for each user that requires an Alias for Windows Terminal Server / MetaFrame contextless login

Centralis Lyncx

The Administrator:

  1. Loads Centralis Lyncx
  2. Selects the user, Tree, container or group
  3. Drags it into the Alias container
  4. Aliases are automatically created for all users within the specified selection
  5. Repeats Drag and drop for each user, Tree, container or group required.

Comparison of Alias User Creation Methods

Area

Standard

Centralis Lyncx

Create Alias account

   
 

By single selected user

Yes

Yes

 

By Group

No

Yes

 

By Container

No

Yes

 

Optionally include all Sub-Containers

No

Yes

 

By entire NDS Tree

No

Yes

 

By drag & drop

No

Yes

No = Not Supported
Yes = Supported

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