DSfW allows Microsoft Windows users to work in a pure Windows desktop environment and still take advantage of some OES back-end services and technology, without the need for a Novell Client on the desktop.
Administrators can either use Novell iManager or Microsoft Management Console (MMC) to administer users and groups. Network administrators manage file systems using the native tools of each server, as well as centrally administer Samba shares on OES /DSfW servers using iManager. Administrators can use MMC to create cross-forest trusts between DSfW domains and Active Directory domains.
When deployed in an environment that also supports NetWare Core Protocol (NCP), DSfW supports cross-protocol locking. Whether customers decide to use only Windows clients, NCP clients, or a combination of both, access rights for files is enforced by the Novell Storage Services (NSS) file system. Novell Client does not need to be installed and managed as an extra software on the desktop. This helps in streamlining user experiences in terms of login to the directory and single login facility to both Active Directory applications and eDirectory services.
Figure 3-3 Accessing applications without Novell Client