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Posted: 25 Jan 2001

DNS Federation is a new optional feature of NDS eDirectory 8.5. Some existing Novell? and third-party applications do not work correctly with DNS-rooted trees, however. Often problems occur during the install of a directory-enabled application into a DNS-rooted tree. Problems will also occur if the application relies on [Root] as the top of the tree. DNS-rooted trees do not have [Root].

As stated above, DNS Federation is an optional feature. You cannot convert an existing tree to a DNS-rooted tree. When you create a new tree, you can specify whether it will be DNS-rooted or not. If not, it cannot participate in Federation.

As more Novell customers deploy DNS Federation, it will be important for Novell and third-party applications to work with DNS-rooted trees. Each development and test organization should do the following:

  • Look for ways that your application can take advantage of DNS Federation.
  • Verify that your application works correctly with both DNS-rooted trees and classic trees. If you need more information (including technical details) on how to make your application work in a DNS-rooted environment, see the AppNotes article "How to Federate NDS eDirectory 8.5 Trees in the DNS Namespace".

NOTE: With this initial release of DNS Federation, you will need to set up a virtual private network (VPN) to provide secure communications between servers in a DNS-rooted environment. If you have any questions or comments about DNS Federation, participate in the DNS Federation newsgroup.

Novell customers, developers, integrators and consultants know that eDirectory is already a complete, Internet-ready directory. However, the new DNS Federation feature in NDS eDirectory 8.5 allows for many exciting options---and opportunities---that simply weren't possible in prior releases. Here's how you can take full advantage of them in your world. For more conceptual information about DNS Federation, see the NDS eDirectory 8.5 documentation.

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