IBM's director of Windows 2000 Systems, Pat Gibney, has condemned Microsoft's integration of Novell Directory Services (NDS) with its Active Directory (MAD) as an "administrative nightmare."
Gibney said last week that the synchronisation tools necessary for the two directories to communicate were incomplete in the latest version of Windows 2000. He added that Microsoft's integration tool, Dirsynch, is one-way only - from NDS to MAD.
NDS customers planning to rollout Windows 2000 will be unable to use NDS exclusively because some features of the operating system have been designed to work only with MAD.
Peter Joseph, Novell corporate strategist said that Microsoft's decision not to include full synchronisation with NDS in Windows 2000 forces customers to use its products.
"Active directory is not an option. Windows 2000 Features such as distributed security, roaming users, Intellimirror and MS installer all need it to work," he said.
He said that customers who wanted full interoperability between NDS and MAD would have to wait for Novell to release its DirXML bi-directional synchronisation software, but he could not give a firm release date.
Mark Tennant, product marketing manager for Windows NT, admitted that Dirsynch was not yet able to fully synchronise with NDS. He promised that Windows 2000 services for Netware would eventually provide two-way synchronisation, but could not give a release date.
Richard Fichera, vice president at analyst Giga Information Group warned: "You won't know if you can scale Active Directory and when its limitations come out, you'll be well into deployment."
MAD will also lack the drag and drop capabilities found in NDS.
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