Dit is weer eens compleet andere koek: Eagleman schrijft: "Omdat Win2K nu eindelijk bijna ge-released lijkt te gaan worden, neemt het ge-ouwehoer over de infameuze Active Directory ook toe. Sinds enige tijd houdt ik Tweakers.net al in de gaten, maar veel inhoudelijke zaken over Directory Services (zoals MAD) ben ik nog niet tegen gekomen. In dit kader is voor de geinteresseerden in deze materie, het artikel wat ik op de site van Business Week tegenkwam wel aardig:":
Microsoft's new operating system for networks, called Windows 2000, will include a so-called Active Directory system that will compete with Novell's Directory.
A close look at the directory market, however, shows that Windows 2000 might not be as potent a threat as some think.
NDS also controls all the other directories on a network, such as the ones that oversee the phone system, control the corporate intranet, and monitor the Internet routers. Thus, one administrator can make a change that will register in every directory on the network. For instance, a new employee will be assigned a server login, an E-mail account, a phone number, and a security badge all in one keystroke.
Novell's genius was to make its Directory platform-independent. Thus it can oversee a network that includes PCs running the Windows NT operating system, a NetWare printer network, and an E-mail system that runs on Unix servers -- all at once. By contrast, the Active Directory in Windows 2000 will only interact with other Microsoft products.
That might make sense for a small business such as a law office. But for large corporations, it represents an infrastructure nightmare. "Windows 2000 won't be a direct competitor," declares Novell corporate strategist Gary Hein. "If anything, Microsoft will elevate people's understanding of why directories are important, and we will benefit from that publicity. We can say to a customer that we will give you a directory that doesn't make you change your E-mail server and your desktop operating system. Microsoft can't say that."
Lees het Business Week artikel voor meer info over deze NDS materie...