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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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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.
The integration of eDirectory with Caldera Volution offers exceptional value and performance to customers seeking secure and flexible management of their Linux networks.
For administrators, eDirectory integration means centralized management and reduced network administration costs.
By delivering eDirectory across major operating systems, including Linux, Novell gives businesses the power to transcend traditional network boundaries and to create a secure foundation for conducting business across the Net.
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.
Replace all functionality of Novell eDirectory with Microsoft Active Directory.
ZENworks for Desktops leverages the power of Novell eDirectory to simplify management across heterogeneous networks and the Internet," said Chris Stone, vice chairman, Office of the CEO of Novell.
The Internet Messaging System is built on NDS eDirectory and supports the Linux, Solaris and NetWare platforms.
Now, in addition to offering those service providers a high- performance hosted e-mail service -- regardless of the operating system they choose to run -- NIMS will also help Novell drive NDS eDirectory into the emerging service provider market.
Novell Net Publisher utilizes the company's newly announced NDS eDirectory, the cross-platform directory that reportedly simplifies complex e-business relationships.