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Using LDAP Contextless Login in Your Network

Novell Cool Solutions: Feature
By Kyrt Nay, Nancy Cadjan

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Posted: 9 Sep 2003

Last week's article on a contextless login technique elicited a flurry of e-mail and feedback about "a better way to do this". We didn't have to dig far to find this gem of an AppNote that explains the full details of the Contextless Login feature that's now available in the 4.9 version of the Novell Client.

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The LDAP Contextless Login feature introduced with the Novell Client for Windows NT/2000/XP version 4.9 makes it easier for users to log in to the network because they no longer have to remember their context or tree name (depending on how you set it up). With LDAP Contextless Login, users simply enter their username and password in the Novell Login window--the Novell Client and LDAP Services for Novell eDirectory do the work of figuring out where the users are located and in which eDirectory tree. Administrators are free to move User objects around or change the organization's name, and the users will still be able to log in without any extra assistance. This saves you the costs associated with supporting users who have trouble remembering their tree/context information or who don't know how to change this information at login after modifications have been made in the tree structure.

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