An Enterprise Desktop Alliance study (http://www.cio.com/article/552263/More_Macs_in_the_Enterprise_Survey_Says) published this year indicates that two out of three IT administrators at large organizations with Macs and PCs, expect their number of Macs to increase. The same study indicates that among the biggest management concerns of these organizations, file sharing rates as one of the highest at 79 percent.
This concern comes from the complexity involved in manually integrating Macs into directory service environments like Novell eDirectory.
For those who wish to bypass this manual configuration process, there is Kanaka for Mac. Kanaka not only automates the integration of the Mac OS X and eDirectory environments, but provides single login capability for accessing Novell home directory and group storage on the Mac.
A limit of previous versions of Kanaka is the products plug-in approach to authentication and access. Through the Mac OS X login window, users are simultaneously logged in to their workstations and authenticated to eDirectory, where their Novell storage is mounted, based on their identity. This approach is great for students working in computer labs, but not the ideal solution for workers with their own Macs especially with laptops. That’s because these workers do not always want to authenticate to eDirectory when they log in to their computer.
Kanaka for Mac 2.0, which was released this month, includes a new Kanaka Desktop Client that provides a true Mac client option for single login authentication and access to eDirectory storage resources.
You can read more about the new release at http://www.condreycorp.com/Source/Products/Kanaka/Kanaka.html