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Novell's flagship network directory service which was included in NetWare as Novell Directory Services (NDS) beginning with Version 4. It was also available for Windows NT/2000, Windows Server 2003, Solaris, Linux, AIX and HP-UX.

Based on X.500
Based on the X.500 directory standard, eDirectory maintained a hierarchical database of information about network resources within a global enterprise, including networks, users, subgroups, servers, volumes and printers. Users logged in to the network, and eDirectory determined their access rights. eDirectory also supported LDAP.

When eDirectory was NDS, it supported the X.500 structure, but not all of the protocols. With the addition of software from Nexor Limited, eDirectory could query X.500 directories in governmental agencies and other organizations.

From NDS to eDirectory
As of Version 8, Novell Directory Services (NDS) became NDS eDirectory and a platform independent product that used the Internet's DNS naming system. Later, the NDS was dropped from the name. Version 8.5 added DNS Federation, which united DNS with NDS's original directory architecture, in which every network resource was an object. See network directory.
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The fact it runs on all our platforms and that it integrates with eDirectory, ZENworks and GroupWise email and calendar is awesome.
Trapeze has taken the lead for the Linux community by leveraging Novell's eDirectory," said Kris Bruno, president at BEI--Net.
Known for stability and cross-platform capabilities, Novell eDirectory and NetWare 6 were implemented to increase interoperability by permitting the organization's existing resources to seamlessly function as a unified system.
These users can now be managed with Novell eDirectory, which simplifies and accelerates an organization's transition to a unified network where users have access to what they need when they need it, regardless of operating system.
A demonstration of the messaging capabilities of NIMS and NDS eDirectory can be viewed by going to the MyRealBox(SM) Web site (http://www.
Licenses for NDS eDirectory are $2 per user, while licenses for NDS Corporate Edition are $26 per user.
Licenses for NDS eDirectory and NDS Corporate Edition are available immediately, priced at USD2/user and USD26/user respectively.
ERPM has been optimized for performance with eDirectory with appropriate filter and lookup optimization and also supports the wide range of authentication technologies available in eDirectory.
SAN DIEGO, April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Arkeia Software, a worldwide provider of backup and disaster recovery software, today delivered new support for the Novell (Nasdaq: NOVL) GroupWise and eDirectory applications and for Novell iFolder.
Adding Novell eDirectory to that infrastructure gives SAP Portals customers a simplified and effective way to manage user identities, which ultimately lowers administrative overhead and provides stronger security.
While the Barracuda Web Filter has long supported transparent authentication with Active Directory and NTLM, we are excited to extend this support to Novell eDirectory environments," said Stephen Pao, vice president of product management for Barracuda Networks.
have developed biometric login solutions to allow database users access to Novell eDirectory applications running on Linux, NetWare and Windows.