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Global meta-directory promises integration

Any user contemplating building a global directory based on the Windows 2000 Active Directory could face the prospect of a complex integration project, writes Cliff Saran.

Microsoft is developing tools and services for directory integration from its purchase of directory software company ZoomIt late last year. But Stuart Okin, a managing consultant at Microsoft, says, "Directory integration could take anywhere between a few weeks to a year."

Integration through bidirectional synchronisation between existing directories and the Active Directory is essential in order to take full advantage of Windows 2000 within an existing IT infrastructure.

Microsoft has rebadged the ZoomIt Via product as the Microsoft Meta-Direc-tory and will be offering enterprise users services for customising how data is shared between com-pany-wide directories, says Okin.

Through the Meta-Directory users will be able to create business rules for defining how information is propagated between directories.

IBM, which is planning a major drive with users for Windows 2000 has admitted that there is still a problem with synchronising information back and forth between the Active Directory and other enterprise directories.

But Adam Jollans, European marketing manager for at IBM responsible for Windows NT, notes that directories are still a problem for Windows 2000.

IBM has developed a tool called Secureway which acts as a meta-directory alongside other enterprise directories and exchanges information with the Active Directory.

IBM hopes to make Secureway available on all its platforms.

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This was first published in February 2000

 

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