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Active Directory

(operating system)
A directory service from Microsoft Corporation, similar in concept to Novell Netware Directory Services, that also integrates with the user organisation's DNS structure and is interoperable with LDAP. Active Directory is included in Windows 2000.

Active Directory

An advanced, hierarchical network directory service that comes with Windows servers and used for managing permissions and user access to network resources. Introduced in Windows 2000, Active Directory is a domain-based network that is structured like the Internet's Domain Naming System (DNS). Using the LDAP directory access protocol, a company's workgroups (departments, sections, offices, etc.) are assigned domain names similar to Web addresses, and any LDAP-compliant Windows, Mac, Unix or Linux client can access them.

Active Directory can function in a heterogeneous, enterprise network and encompass other directories including NDS and NIS+. Cisco supports Active Directory in its IOS router operating system. See domain-based network, LDAP, forests and trees, Internet domain name, ADSI and network directory.
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Over the last 12 years Microsoft Active Directory has become the standard method for organizations to authenticate to the network.
For the next two months, in 15 cities throughout the United States, Microsoft and Centrify will demonstrate how Centrify's DirectControl software solution can extend Microsoft Active Directory to seamlessly manage and secure UNIX, Linux, and Mac platforms and non-Microsoft applications.
Microsoft Active Directory provides the means to manage the identities and relationships that make up an organization's network.
Centrify DirectControl combines robustness with ease of use, which makes it the optimal solution to increase security, compliance and IT efficiency using Microsoft Active Directory.
The demo will show scenarios using Windows Vista and the Network Access Protection client on Windows XP SP2 with a Windows Server "Longhorn" and Microsoft Active Directory for user credentials.
By extending its authentication and access control to the widest range of non-Microsoft operating systems, Centrify has made Microsoft Active Directory an appealing directory in which to centralize identity management in a multi-platform environment," said Jon Oltsik, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group.
Centrify's solutions enable customers to create a secure, connected computing environment by centralizing security for Linux, UNIX and Apple Macintosh systems, web-based applications, databases and storage systems in Microsoft Active Directory.
Webster Bank will leverage Microsoft Active Directory and Centrify DirectControl to eliminate redundant identity stores and provide administrators and end users with a single sign-on account for UNIX, Linux and Windows.
Our products, Likewise Admin and Likewise Identity, provide familiar Windows-based tools for system administrators to easily configure server roles and seamlessly integrate Linux and UNIX systems with Microsoft Active Directory.
The benefit for IT organization is that administrators and helpdesk personnel can now use a single administrative tool -- Microsoft Active Directory -- to define consistent security policies for and to control access to a mix of different vendors' databases, heterogeneous operating systems, and web-based applications within an organization.
Password Power Lotus Notes ID Plug-In Delivers Anytime Anywhere Access to Lotus Applications Via Microsoft Active Directory and Supports Users on Citrix and Microsoft Terminal Servers
Users simply supply logon credentials to the network using their Microsoft Active Directory identity and access to applications is provided by shortcuts published to the users desktop.