4.0 Managing User Source Connections

You can use Primary Servers and Satellite devices that have the Authentication role to authenticate users to the ZENworks Management Zone. To improve performance, you can create multiple connections to local replicas of Novell eDirectory or Active Directory trees so that Satellites do not have to authenticate users over a WAN or slow link. Creating connections to local LDAP user sources also provides fault tolerance by providing failover to other user source connection in the event that one connection does not work.

For example, if you use Novell eDirectory in your ZENworks environment, you can use multiple authentication servers in your system so that Satellites with the Authentication role can contact local authentication servers for authentication purposes rather than contacting remote servers.

If a user source connection cannot connect, there is more than a one-minute delay for each subsequent user source connection that is tried. This results from CASA having an internal delay that is not currently configurable.

The following sections contain more information.

NOTE:The above sections are applicable only for Active Directory and eDirectory user sources.