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Microsoft aims to bust the myths surrounding Active Directory and NetWare

Mar 22, 20062 mins
Enterprise ApplicationsMicrosoft

* Migrating from eDirectory to Active Directory

Will everyone who has, or is thinking about, migrating from Novell’s eDirectory to Microsoft’s Active Directory, please raise your hand?

I thought so. Lots of you out there. An entire mythology has grown up about this topic. Among the entrenched, but untrue, myths are:

* You need expensive migration tools and specialized services to migrate to Active Directory.

* It takes months, if not years for a successful Active Directory deployment.

* Supporting and managing the health and stability of Active Directory after migration is a nightmare.

* Troubleshooting Active Directory is complex and time consuming.

* Active Directory is too complicated to audit for compliance.

Have you heard something like this?

Now you can learn the real story. Don Jones, Microsoft MVP (most valued professional), creator of, MCSE, author, speaker, consultant, scripting geek, and all-around Windows administrator, and Bryan Kreitz, Microsoft security technology specialist, recently joined forces to create an online session called “Migrating from eDirectory to Active Directory: Busting the Top 5 Myths.”

I learned about it too late to let you know in time to view it live. Fortunately, the Web session was recorded for posterity and it’s available right now for you to view at your leisure. Once you’ve viewed it, you can download the slides as either a PDF file or a PowerPoint slideshow.

They not only bust the myths, but also lead you through all the benefits of the new Microsoft Windows Services for NetWare 5.03 and how it simplifies the introduction of Windows Server 2003 and the Active Directory service into a Novell NetWare network environment with Novell eDirectory.

You’ll learn about the three major components of Windows Services for NetWare:

* Microsoft Directory Synchronization Services (MSDSS), which synchronizes information stored in the Active Directory service with information stored in Novell Directory Service (eDirectory or NDS) or NetWare 3.x binderies.

* Microsoft File Migration Utility, which migrates NetWare files to Windows Server 2003 while preserving their access control permissions.

* File and Print Services for NetWare (FPNW), which enables your Windows Server to appear as a NetWare file and print server to desktops running the NetWare client software.

If you’ve got NetWare, or know of someone who does, this could be a real eye-opener. Take a look at it soon.