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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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"Because it's built on Novell's eDirectory, Novell Net Publisher enables users to create, publish, and share documents on the Web in a way that is secure and extremely manageable-characteristics that are critical for conducting business on the Net," said Craig Miller, vice president and general manager of Novell's Net Management Division.
Novell announced the immediate availability of NDS eDirectory and NDS Corporate Edition for Linux.
By deploying Arkeia Software's specialized agents for Novell eDirectory and Microsoft SQL Server, Bellows Free Academy protects critical applications and databases without requiring application and database downtime.
We started with a directory web application which named eDirectory and released in 2001.
Other management functions within the platform include: authentication, logging and reporting functionality; all monitoring data is available to the ACC administrator within a few seconds; user authentication via Active Directory, eDirectory, TACACS+, LDAP or Radius; as well as automatic transmission of status reports, the company said.
-- Active Directory -- NTLM (NT LAN Manager) -- RADIUS (Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service) -- LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) -- Digital X.509 Certificates -- Novell eDirectory -- Oracle COREid -- RSA SecureID tokens -- Secure Computing SafeWord tokens -- CA eTrust Siteminder -- And many others
Separate chapters discuss clients, eDirectory management, users and network security, clustering services, file storage and access, printing services, the Apache web server, Virtual Office, and the Quickfinder search engine.