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The upcoming release of Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 SP3 is all about greater simplicity, manageability, performance and reliability. To get a behind-the-scenes perspective on how the product’s new services and features deliver these benefits, Novell Connection talked with Haripriya S., a Distinguished Engineer at Novell, and Glen Davis, Novell Product Manager.
The most exciting aspects of Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 SP3 come from the enhancements in Domain Services for Windows that make it more enterprise-ready and easier to roll out to existing eDirectory deployments.
Enterprise-Ready Domain Services
According to Haripriya, some of the most exciting aspects of Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 SP3 come from the enhancements in Domain Services for Windows that make it more enterprise-ready and easier to roll out to existing eDirectory deployments. In the past you had to create a partition in your directory tree for each Active Directory (AD) domain. This meant that only the users within that partition could belong to that AD domain.
This configuration and management hurdle made it difficult for some mixed environments to take advantage of the benefits that Domain Services for Windows delivers. With the release of Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 SP3, that hurdle has been removed. (See Figure 1.) Now the AD domains provided by Domain Services for Windows can span multiple partitions, allowing users anywhere in your eDirectory tree to use the AD authentication that it provides.
“In the past, you could not combine multiple partitions into a single domain,” Haripriya says. “SP3 lets you start a domain at any partition root in the tree and include other partitions within that tree as well. This makes it much easier for enterprises to map their Domain Services for Windows domains to a normal AD domain directory. It also makes it easier to map traditional eDirectory trees into more of a domain design, which allows you to maintain consistent domain mapping when you have sites across multiple countries or domains.”