An initiative - led by Microsoft and Cisco - to establish a standard for coordinating network devices using directories is to submit its specification to the Desktop Management Task Force standards body.
The two companies, along with Novell, Hewlett-Packard, Intel and IBM, are promoting the Directory Enabled Network (DEN) specification. This would enable network devices such as routers and printers to be managed within directories in a uniform way.
The profile of an individual user, held in the directory, would be extended to detail not only which printer they could use, but also other network information, such as whether they have access to videoconferencing facilities, and when they need extra network bandwidth.
Products adhering to the standard are expected in the first half of next year.
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